Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Equine Landcare workshop a success

Mitchell Shire group gets tips from David Laurie.

July 17, 2014 3:37am

David Laurie discussing tree identification details with the members of the Mitchell and Surrounds Equine Landcare Group.


The Mitchell and Surrounds Equine Landcare Group held an informative and practical workshop on June 15 at the Valley of 1000 Hills Farm Nursery with David Laurie. The workshop was attended by 15 members and two new members.

Mr Laurie is a botanist and nursery owner who has been involved in Landcare for many years including work as a Landcare facilitator. His wealth of knowledge about indigenous trees, their propagation and cultivation was imparted to a small degree to the eager group.

The workshop began with Mr Laurie explaining a little history of the local environment and landscape pre-Aboriginals, up until what we see today. However, the main focus of the workshop was to show people how to identify trees and shrubs indigenous to our properties.

David covered the four main principles of tree identification: bark, buds, fruit and leaves. From this, eucalypts and wattles were covered in detail, because these are prominent in the area. He also covered tea-trees and she oaks. The practical exercise involved the group identifying 35 specimens, testing what had been learned about how to identify trees and shrubs. This was a fun exercise for the group.

To finish off the afternoon the group was taken on a walk around the property to see many of the trees and shrubs discussed in the workshop. It was a great opportunity for members to ask questions to reinforce the information discussed earlier.

The Mitchell and Surrounds Equine Landcare group would like to thank Mr Laurie for opening up his property and sharing his knowledge. A wonderfully informative afternoon was had by all.

We are grateful for funding from Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to allow us to run these workshops.

There is still funding available for people who would like to undertake works to protect their waterways. For more information email

— Mitchell and Surrounds

Equine Landcare Group

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