Dr.Chivers perseverance in understanding the biology and ecology of native grasses, and his enthusiasm for promoting their benefits and potential uses had workshop participants energised and excited about the prospects for their use.
Ian discussed different species of cool (C3) and warm (C4) season growing grasses of our region, and some of the aspects of their collection, seed preparation and cultivation. This information provided important insights for participants into the potential uses of native grassses for example in controlling noxious weeds such as serated tussock, as stock forage and as ‘backbone’ species in site rehabillation.
One participant stated ‘I got more out of the workshop than any other such seminar/field day which I’ve attended’. Workshop participants included local farmers and landholders, wildlife carers, regional botanists and ecologists, individuals from private enterprise and representatives from non-government and government organisations.
It’s been a delight to experience the “buzz” created from these workshops, with the audience being left wanting more information.
“I was very relieved to come across Native Seeds Pty Ltd. After a few phone calls and a little research, I was convinced that when it to comes to regenerating from native grass seeds, this company knows what it’s doing from sourcing seed, site preparation, direct drilling and maintenance. We followed Native Seeds prescription for site management and we were rewarded with 6-42 native grass seedlings per square metre (average of 14). With enrichment planting of shrub and canopy species and five years growth, we now have a fully structured and diverse regenerating Cumberland Plain Woodland and Riverflat Eucalypt Forest The overall costs were significantly reduced from straight planting costs alone and our Client is very happy.”