NATURAL IMPRINTS

CRESWICK FORESTRY

Creswick Forestry is rich in Colonial history. Dating back to the mid 1800's

John La Gerche was a self taught Forester who's hand written manuscripts would later become a model for forest management. He planted over 100,000 trees of various species both native and non native. Creswick Forest is a rich tapestry of Nature walks, Working pine plantation and Learning Centre.

South Island

European settlement has brought with it a diverse range of introduced species, both Flora and Fauna have dramatically change the landscape we see today while travelling this globe. A main component I have found is the Introduction of the Conifer. because of their fast growth and strong fibres, they have become a staple for settlement. Unfortunately because of there reproductive qualities, they are becoming increasingly threatening to the native habitats of all species. 

Whian Whian

North West of Byron Bay are a plethora of National Parks and State conservatories.

Back in the early to mid 19th Century the area was being heavily logged. A group of conscious individuals chained themselves to the machinery and blockaded the loggers efforts to destroy this beautiful country. an appeal was won and the land was declared national land. The state Government has since returned the lands titles to the indigenous owners the ( Wi-abul/Widjabul) to be the custodians of the land.

CRESWICK FORESTRY

The township of Creswick north west of Melbourne is where I spent my time learning my techniques and process, out here are numerous trees planted for commercial use and as a training ground for forestry practices.

Creswick Forestry is rich in Colonial history. Dating back to the mid 1800's

John La Gerche was a self taught Forester who's hand written manuscripts would later become a model for forest management. He planted over 100,000 trees of various species both native and non native. Creswick Forest is a rich tapestry of Nature walks, Working pine plantation and Learning Centre.

I revisited the forest a few years later, while I was there I visited a tree I had worked on, to my sadness she had deteriorated to an unrecognisable state. This was a reality that I had not had to face before, it was humbling and gave me a sense of purpose and dedication to my work.

Looking over these tall giants I noticed a number of them had come down over the years, while these beautiful trees have stood here for many years, heavy water logging and wash out water has loosened many of their footings, bringing them down with ease.

 

 

WHIAN WHIAN

North West of Byron Bay are a plethora of National Parks and State conservatories.

Back in the early to mid 19th Century the area was being heavily logged. A group of conscious individuals chained themselves to the machinery and blockaded the loggers efforts to destroy this beautiful country. an appeal was won and the land was declared national land. The state Government has since returned the lands titles to the indigenous owners the ( Wi-abul/Widjabul) to be the custodians of the land.

GREAT OTWAYS

South West of Melbourne and one and a half hours north west of Lorne is the rural region of the Beech Forest, surrounded by plantation pines, Giant Sequoias and Mountain Ash this region is rich in landscape.  Feeling like a lost world I came across this ravaged part of the land, looking like a scene out of a WW2 documentary I marched through Knee deep mud and uprooted earth, I came across this magnificent and spectacular tree, what a life this tree must have lead. Its growth rings and outline resonated with me and I knew I had found the one. 

NEW ZEALAND

European settlement has brought with it a diverse range of introduced species, both Flora and Fauna have dramatically change the landscape we see today while travelling this globe. A main component I have found is the Introduction of the Conifer. Because of their fast growth and strong fibres, they have become a staple for settlement. Unfortunately because of there reproductive qualities, they are becoming increasingly threatening to the native habitats of all species.