Allyn River Permaculture

Permaculture demonstration farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Permaculture is a design system and philosophy that emulates the patterns in nature to holistically and sustainably integrate the physical and social needs of people and the ecosystem.

riperian zone

The “RiperianZone” is the interface between the land and the stream, its a complex zone for vegetation and microclimate conditions that are the product of the combined presence and influence of both related systems.

In Permaculture this zone between two systems “the edge effect’ is regarded as the most productive and diverse area with the potential to combine the attributes of the adjoining areas, often have species that are unique to itself.

On Allyn River Permaculture Farm we have about 400 metre of river frontage, luckily the high bank has been fenced so we have significant remnants of the indemic plant species, although three species predominate. Casuarina cunninghamiana (River Oak), Angophora floribunda ( Rough barked apple ) and Eleocarpus obovatus ( Whitewood ).

The are also significant areas of intruduced species such as Willow, Lantana and Giant Reed(Arundo donex)  together with declared noxious weeds, Green Cestrum and African Olive.

We have decided to in principle follow the Bush regeneration techniques in this area, generally in accord with the work of the Catchment Managgement Authority which is currently doing extensive bank regeneration in the Upper Allyn area.

However, we will be retaining a number of tree species such as Willow to retain bank stabilisation.

We have been working with Noel Jupp from Riverdene Nursery to identify plant species and prepare a plant list to increase the biodiversity of the indemic species. ( see attached list below ).