2014 National Tree Farmer of the Year
29 October 2014
Nuts for WA Sandalwood: 2014 National Tree Farmer of the Year
Marty and Connie Winch-Buist of York, WA are the winners of the 2014 Australian Forest Growers National Tree Farmer of the Year award for their plantation of native WA Sandalwood.
Their plantation supplies bush food products to an emerging market and demonstrates excellence in farm planning, the adoption of farm forestry principles, innovation and leadership.
Their vision in establishing an annual income for sandalwood growers has created a new industry for WA. “Sandalwood has a great history throughout the world and Australia, and we have been building on that ‘magic story’ with our WA Sandalwood Nuts opportunity”, says Marty.
“Through the creation of this new venture, we have brought together sandalwood growers and interested parties, invigorating passion for one of our oldest timber exports by-products. By enhancing farm cash flow through marketing sandalwood nuts we are helping make WA sandalwood plantations more financially attractive while trees mature in a sustainable agroforestry rotation”.
Welcome to Australian Forest Growers
If you grow trees mainly for wood or non-wood products, or you would like to, AFG can help you.
Established in 1969 as the Australian Forest Development Institute, AFG is a national association with branches in all states. It is run by a voluntary Board of growers, supported by a small paid professional staff based in Canberra..Please Contact Us if you would like any further information.
Rediscovering the Country
In June this year, Australian Forest Growers and She Oaks Films will release a 30 minute film "Rediscovering the Country" that promotes rural landscape restoration. An electronic brochure about the film is attached. Please distribute it to relevant contacts and your friends.
The theme of the film is the importance of transforming rural landscapes through revegetation for environmental and economic benefits. Community collaboration needs to be at the heart of this transformation.
The film presents some of the revegetation projects being conducted in south-east Australia and the regenerative agriculture/analog forestry activities in Sri Lanka. It contains interviews of farmers and landowners, academics, Landcare proponents, as well as promoters and practitioners of analog forestry/regenerative agriculture.
AFG wants this film to strengthen community support for the improved management of rural lands by increasing awareness within rural and urban communities of how revegetation and integration of biologically rich and commercially valuable plantings into farming operations can help tackle land management problems and contribute to rural communities.
The film makers are now editing the film, which is being prepared as a not-for-profit project. The film's website http://www.
Australian Forest Growers is the national association representing and promoting private forestry and commercial treegrowing interests in Australia. If you grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products, or you would like to, Australian Forest Growers can help you.
Australian Forest Growers
- is a national association with branches in all states (AFG Branches)
- is the only national organisation representing and promoting the interests of private forestry and farm tree growers
- has credibility with Governments as the national voice of private forest growers
- is run by a voluntary Board of growers, supported by a small paid professional staff based in Canberra
AFG Plantation Insurance Scheme
Plantation trees are valuable, and become more so over their lifetime. Recognising this, most private forest growers insure their trees against fire, windstorm and other selected perils. The AFG Plantation Insurance Scheme gives you security and confidence, at affordable rates year after year. Features of the scheme:
- Agreed Value Policy
- Qualification For Acceptance
- No Claim Bonus and Continuity Discount
- Extension and Public Liabillity
- Plantaion Loss Limit
- Salvage and Replanting