Getting to know your grasses
13/06/2017

Grasses are some of the wonder plants of planet Earth. They can grow in a wide variety of climates. They can tolerate disruption. They can adapt to environmental changes. They can be opportunistic, and quickly establish on bare soil. They can vary greatly, from the ‘greens’ of golf and bowls, to the giants of the tropics and savannahs, ‘as high as an elephants high’.

Grasses are the main food source of a wide range of herbivores, from the wild game of Africa to the sheep and cattle of our local farms. But how much do you know about grass? What is its life cycle? What makes it flourish and what destroys it, and why is it one of the main players in the creation of soil?

On Tuesday, June 13 The Living Classroom is delighted to welcome Judi Earl back to Bingara to conduct a field survey of the grasses of The Living Classroom and The Carbon Farm. This area on the southern and western edge of Bingara is currently a ‘sea of grass’. You are welcome to tag-along with Judi and discover, with her, the varieties of grasses on the site.

The survey will commence at 9:00am and take several hours and conclude at 1:00pm. This is a free event supported by the Gwydir Learning Region and the Wider Gwydir 2030 program.

During the survey Judi will collect varieties of grasses and ‘preserve and label’ them as a record of the current range to be found at TLC. We welcome your interest, attendance and assistance.

Please feel free to join in. Bring your own snacks. Water and toilets are available at TLC. For more information about this event contact Rick Hutton on 0438 355197.

Submitted by Rick Hutton 5.6.2017 for the organising committee.

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