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Bambra Agroforestry Farm
See trees for shelter, conservation & profit

Grown by Rowan Reid

Bambra Agroforestry Farm 27 Years On - Watch the VIDEO

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Bambra is 30 minutes west of Geelong. Our farm has been set up as an 'outdoor classroom' for agroforestry. It has certainly been a great learning experience for me:

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Bambra Agroforestry Farm in 1987 (above) and in 2001 (below). As Aldo Leopold once wrote: growing trees is like "writing a history on the landscape".

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My family have been farming in Australia since the mid 1800’s. When I got my opportunity I wanted to see if I could make forestry attractive to the farming community. Bambra Agroforestry Farm is set up as an outdoor classroom for practical field days and workshops. More than 5000 people have visited the farm since we began planting trees in 1987. Our aim is not to 'demonstrate' how farmers should grow trees but to provide a place where they can explore the opportunities that agroforestry might provide them on their farm and practical knowledge on how they might achieve their own goals.

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Furniture made from 16-yr-old Shining Gum harvested from the creekside planting Bambra

Tours and Workshops at Bambra Agroforestry Farm

The farm displays more than 45 commercial tree species, various planting arrangements and practical management options. Over the years we've run hundreds of tours, field days and workshops on the farm for farmer groups, government agencies, international tours, schools and more. We've even built a classroom in the old shearing shed with a kitchen other facilties. Most tours include a visit to the outstanding nearby property of Andrew and Jill Stewart (Yan Yan Gurt West) and other local examples. For information about upcoming field-days and workshops or to organise a custom tour for your group contact Rowan or keep an eye on our home page.

Photos from some of the many tours:

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Where's Bambra?

Less than 2 hours drive south-west of Melbourne, Australia.   Look it up on Google Maps

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Download the Bambra Agroforestry Farm Tour Guide

The 12-page full-colour guide takes you on a guided tour of the farm and provides technical information on a range of species and management options.

Large File Warning: 2.45M

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Timber Harvests at Bambra Agroforestry Farm

Our first trial harvest of pruned eucalypts involved 10-year-old trees (30-40cm diameter). That only proved that backsawing of Shining Gum created drying problems. Our 16-year-old harvest (50cm) was more promising. It proved that growth stresses were not an issue in well managed straight trees and that quatersawing produced stable boards with lower risk of internal checking and highlighted fiddleback grain if present. But, the logs could have been bigger.

Our most recent harvest was of 60-70cm diameter Veneer logs that were sent to China for processing

 

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Tree Species at Bambra

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Messmate - Eucalyptus obliqua
Manna Gum - E. viminalis
Shining Gum - E. nitens
Mountain Ash - E. regnans
Yellow Stringybark - E. muellerana
Red Ironbark - E. sideroxylon
Blue Gum - E. globulus
Spotted Gum - Corymbia maculata
Blackwood - Acacia melanoxylon
Black Wattle - Acacia mearnsii
Southern Beech - Nothofagus cunninghamii
River Sheoak - Casuarina cunninghamiana
Hickory Wattle - Acacia falciformis
Silky Oak - Grevillea robusta
Hoop Pine - Araucaria cunninghamii
Australian Kauri - Agathis robusta
Wollemi Pine - Wollemia nobilis
Bunya Pine - Araucaria bidwillii
Red Cedar - Toona ciliata
Native Pepper - Tasmannia lanceolata
Australian Sandalwood - Santalum spicatum
Poplar hybrids SEI488, 65/31, 67/1
Black Walnut - Julgans nigra
Walnut - Juglans regia
Californian Redwood - Sequoia sempervirens
Tree Lucerne - Chamaecytisus palmensis
Honey Locust - Gleditsia tricanthos
Chestnut - Castanea sativa
Stone Pine - Pinus pinea
Radiata Pine - Pinus radiata
Mexican Cypress - Cypressus lusitanica
Monterey Cypress - Cypressus macrocarpa
Norway Spruce - Picea abies
English Oak - Quercus robur
Red Oak - Quercus rubra
Cherry - Prunus avium
Pear - Pyrus communis

More Case Studies:

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Yan Yan Gurt West Farm (Andrew Stewart and family)

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Web of Trees: The Yan Yan Gurt Creek Catchment Story