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Trees could save WA wheatbelt

(1989) Trees could save WA wheatbelt. Elders Weekly, 19 October 1989. pp. 56-57 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Tammin farmers, Dennis and Jos Chatfield, noticed the effects of salinity encroaching on their pasture in the 1970's. They had been steadily planting trees since the early 1980's but found planting by hand too inefficient. Dennis adapted an Agrowplow into an ingenious tree planter.

After a few modifications and refinements, the Chatfield's Tree Planter won several awards. The planter became a high demand item with both farmers and council works. Dennis built custom models, designed attachments for different tree types or terrains and even loaned out his own planter. Independent studies confirmed the tree planter resulted in a 90-95 percent survival rate, even in the dry Wheatbelt conditions.

While Dennis worked on the planter, Jos continued lobbying local farmers to plant native trees in their fight against land degradation. The Chatfield's established a small nursery on their property from which they supply seedlings to local farmers.

This article contains a drawing of a large tree planted alongside rows of wheat.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1989 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56217
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