We talk to Doug and Lauren Tindall from Janet Downs and Gaza. They discuss the problems they are having with Gidyea Thickening, the commercial cost of the spread and what they do in an attempt to keep ahead of it.
The impact of tree thickening on sustainable pastural or environmental values is hard to define. Controlling the loss of pasture is made difficult by cost and access to government approvals. To those threatened, loss of pasture impacts on their economic sustainability. Doug and Lauren Tindall are concerned about gidyea encroachment on their properties, Janet Downs and Gaza, where they grow wool and run both cattle and goats. They’d like to have a permit to allow thinning in areas where Gidyea has grown so thick that livestock can’t get through.