Twenty-five people from fifteen properties around the South West spent a fruitful Sunday preparing a Property Plan for their properties.
With the guidance of Chris Ferreira and Adrian Williams, the group was able to get a strong start into a complex process of considering their property’s strengths and weaknesses, their own vision and goals for the land, and the limitations of time, weather, salinity, weeds, and a plethora of other environmental and social factors that affect the plan.
Each group received an aerial map of their property, and worked through their Property Planning workbook to create a personalised plan to meet their own specific situation. Even though everyone had different goals and property types, they were all able to start to develop their overall plan, and their action plan, thanks to personal attention from Chris and Adrian throughout the workshop.
Although there were some people who were already had quite advanced knowledge and awareness of their property, and others just starting out, everyone gained something from the workshop, even if it were just to reinforce the importance of having a plan, organising yourself, and preparing to tackle fire, weeds, soil health, erosion, livestock management, water management and more!
All of the participants really enjoyed the workshop. Here are a few comments from the group after the event:
- A pathway to help us realize our dream
- I can now progress my land management with confidence
- Very interesting, informative, and inspiring
- Timely information for the future of our property
- Empowerment to implement improvements
- Land ownership is a big thing, but has little steps!!
- “Wow”, if only I could capture all the info presented and implement that.
- Major learning curve
- Reinforced information given from previous courses, field days
The importance of a fire-safe zone around your home, and choosing fire retardant plants was of extreme interest to participants, as was the importance of soil health.
People were also interested in horticulture, tree crops, self-sufficiency, appropriate species for my property/area, pasture and crop productivity for soil improvement.
So, there is plenty more to learn and foundations for more workshops in the future!
This workshop was so popular, we have a waiting list for the next one. If you’re keen to do a property plan for your place, and want to take part in the next workshop, please drop Andrea a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she’ll contact you when the next one is scheduled. As funding is pending, there is no date set at this time.
We would like to thank our generous funders for making this event possible:
Author: Andrea Salmond
Andrea has been with Katanning Landcare since 2013 and is passionate about equipping people with the tools, skills and resources they need to make positive changes to our environment.