GROWING BLACKWOODS - VIDEO
Acacia Melanoxylon Interest Group Organisation (AMIGO) Brings together members interested in growing Tasmanian Blackwood - professional forest researchers, timber marketers and commercial users in an information sharing network aimed at creating a sustainable NZ resource of plantation grown quality hardwood.
The video features the late Ian Nicholas discussing a series of 25-year-old blackwood regime trials, where different pruning, thinning, and final crop stocking regimes have been tested. The trials have resulted in some clear conclusions about optimal silvicultural regimes to maximise timber volume and value.
A number of experienced blackwood growers from both the North and South Islands then discuss their experiences with growing blackwoods on a range of site types, and provide recommendations for successful establishment and maximising the timber crop value.
Finally, the potential for blackwood timber is highlighted by Ian Nicholas and others. Peter King of Kings IVth Generation Timber, Carterton, shows how his company produces high-value blackwood benchtops, and Paul Millen discusses how he has developed a production thinning regime in his Marlborough forest to produce timber for blackwood flooring. We also see inside an award-winning Marlborough house which features a stunning blackwood floor.
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