Intimate session for final seminar

November 15, 2017

Heath Chasemore (pictured) and John Laing were guest speakers at a practical living seminar in Tatura recently.

Transition Tatura recently held its final Practical Living Seminar for the year with guest speakers Heath Chasemore and John Laing in attendance.

Transition Tatura spokesperson Ross Musolino said there was a small turn-up for the final seminar, but it allowed for an intimate setting with comments, questions and answers flowing freely during the presentations.

‘‘Those in attendance had a good evening,’’ he said.

Mr Chasemore discussed the reasoning and background behind the Shepparton Urban Forest Strategy and the basic mechanisms to planning, surveying and moving the process forward.

‘‘It was very enlightening and exciting for Greater Shepparton,’’ Mr Musolino said.

‘‘Along with Shepparton and Mooroopna, there was also a heavy focus on Tatura.’’

A great supper, courtesy of Tatura Community House, was provided between speakers.

‘‘Thanks to Shay for all her hard work on the night,’’ Mr Musolino said.

Mr Laing then spoke to guests about the importance of having a diverse selection of plants when planning any gardens, whether it be part of a town and street or part of your own backyard.

‘‘Many indigenous plants with some native plants can really enhance the life within a forest or garden and this is also essential for the long-term survival of any garden,’’ Mr Musolino said.

He said an interesting point made was that a dead tree could still give many useful years of habitat and refuge to hundreds of species of animals, bugs and critters.

‘‘So don’t get rid of those dead trees straight away,’’ Mr Musolino said.

‘‘John then helped us explore branches of leaves brought from his home then opened up his boxes of insects and creatures — and a spider — to enthral us even more.’’

Transition Tatura and Tatura Community House will co-host the seminars again next year, so keep an eye out for next year’s topics.

Transition Tatura will also run the next roadside clean-up again on Saturday, November 25.

Meet at 9am at the parking bay opposite the Whim-Inn motel on Dhurringile Rd.

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