• Aug 1, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Location: 5 Francois Way/Heights, Enner Glynn, Nelson
  • Categories: Forum
  • Latest Activity: Jul 19

NTCF's Supporting Nature & Storing Carbon group invites you to learn about the Nelson Whakatu Biochar Microforest, believed to be the first biochar microforest in New Zealand. It's modelled on methods developed by Prof Akira Miyawaki in Japan.

DATE: This event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 1 August
TIME: 10am
VENUE: 5 Francois Way/Heights, Enner Glynn, Nelson
HOST: Colin Davis
TOPIC: Microforestry: What is it, benefits to the climate and beyond, and how to establish your own microforest. 

By planting large numbers of mixed native tree species in a small area (minimum 30 sq metres) the theory is that growth rate is enhanced along with carbon sequestration which is claimed to be 30 times that of a plantation forest.

The key feature of our forest, where we have planted almost 300 trees in 100 sq metres, has been the advance treatment of the soil to produce good drainage as well as water retention and long term sharing of soil enhancement benefits. These are supported by drilling 200+ holes in the forest area through the clay subsoil and filling the holes with biochar and compost, allowing them to interact together. We produce the biochar on site by burning wood from cut down trees and producing a high temperature to allow pyrolysis to take place. One drum of burnt timber thus produces about 25 kilos of biochar.

We planted 25 species of native trees and shrubs, appropriate to the area, on 5th April and they are already growing well.

According to the Miyawaki Method, we planted them roughly 60cms apart and must now mulch the forest to a depth of 10-11cms. We must also weed and water for 3 years as necessary, after which the forest should be completely self-supporting.

Colin Davis and A J Clarken

More info about the Nelson Whakatu Biochar Microfoest on on Facebook

More info on microforests  HERE and  HERE

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of Nelson Tasman Climate Forum to add comments!

Join Nelson Tasman Climate Forum

Posting an event

Members of NTCF are invited to post events here. 

NTCF events are those organised or sponsored by the Forum as a whole, or by Forum groups.

Please post all other events as External.

More info on how to  post events HERE.

If you have an idea for  event please start a forum-wide conversation or group discussion  to make it happen.  

NTCF Zoom

If you are hosting a NTCF meeting via Zoom and would like to use the NTCF Zoom account, please read carefully:

1. Before creating your event, check the upcoming event list on this page to make sure there are no other meetings with location "NTCF Zoom" at the same time as your meeting.

2. When creating your event, in the "Location" box, enter NTCF Zoom

3. All events with the Location "NTCF Zoom" will use the Zoom link below. Simply click the link below to join your meeting at the scheduled time. 

4. Your event will automatically be entered in the NTCF Google Calendar here after a few hours. The Zoom link will also be included in the Google Calendar event. 

Zoom instructions for ALL events with location set to "NTCF Zoom": 

 Click this link to join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/2271491771?pwd=YnlvdThEWDBsWDZKbHlsMEdiV2VuQT09 

Meeting ID: 227 149 1771

Passcode: NTCF

One tap mobile

+6448860026,,2271491771#,,,,,,0#,,498340# New Zealand

+6498846780,,2271491771#,,,,,,0#,,498340# New Zealand

Dial by your location

        +64 4 886 0026 New Zealand

        +64 9 884 6780 New Zealand

        +64 3 659 0603 New Zealand

Meeting ID: 227 149 1771

Passcode: 498340

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aclZVjBFQD