Our Hardwood Plantations
Radial Timber together with Heartwood Plantations has planted up to 2,000,000 trees in Gippsland Victoria, with the first plantations going up in 2003, we plant trees that are indigenous to the Gippsland area like Yellow String Bark, Southern Mahogany, Silvertop and Spotted Gum.The forest in time becomes a hybrid landscape where our needs for timber combine with an immediate acceptance of native flaura & fauna. This is the future solution to supply timber for our communities and protect native and old growth forests. There is no other alternative except importing the timber which is the worst of all solutions
Heartwood Plantations focuses on four key species from the Eucalyptus and Corymbia genus. Each of these species has been selected for their premium timber quality, high demand and rapid growth.
The key species grown are spotted gum (Corymbia maculata), yellow stringybark (Eucalyptus muelleriana), southern mahogany (Eucalyptus botryoides) and silvertop ash (Eucalyptus sieberi).
Each of these species are suited to a specific climate range and certain soil types. This enables Heartwood Plantations to cater for most properties in Victoria where rainfall exceeds 600 mm per annum.
Silvertop ash is indigenous to the southern and central coast of NSW, Eastern Victoria and North Eastern Tasmania.
The wood produced by Silvertop Ash is light in colour with many distinctive features in the grain and texture, making it ideal for appearance product.
Southern mahogany is indigenous to the coastal plains and ranges of south eastern Australia (Bairnsdale to Newcastle). It is from the red mahogany group of eucalypts and is closely related to Sydney blue gum.
The wood from southern mahogany is an attractive red to light red colour and is strong and durable.
The spotted gum family is made up of four species that are indigenous to coastal areas of eastern Australia (East Gippsland to Northern Qld). In Victoria, the species Corymbia maculata and Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata have been most successful in plantations.
The wood from spotted gum is highly valuable and extremely versatile. Its colour varies from light brown to dark red-brown. It is hard, durable and strong.
Yellow stringybark is indigenous to the coastal plains and ranges of south eastern Australia (Gippsland to Newcastle).
The wood from yellow stringybark is highly desirable. Its colour is generally a light yellowish brown with a pinkest tinge. It is moderately durable, strong and immune to Lyctid borer damage (including the sapwood).
Radial timber hopes to see a specialised timber industry that produces high quality world class products, utilising the most advanced technology in a sustainable way that allows plantation and regrowth forests to be processed in an efficient manner, which will then enable old growth forests to be preservered for future generations
It is Radial timber’s plan to become self sufficient and totally sustainable by managing saw log plantations of durable hardwoods in Gippsland. It has a 20 year plan to establish up to 2000 hectares of Yellow Stringybark, Southern Mahogany, and Spotted Gum pruned and thinned plantations. To date, 700 hectares have been planted at Woodside, Alberton and Sale with the oldest trees 10 years old (planted 2003). This is a long term commitment as we expect to harvest our first logs in 2020 but it is one we are totally committed to. In the short term, we intend to seek out and utilize whatever plantation material is available and to only process logs that have been obtained from sustainably managed forests. Business have rejected our proposition because the return on investment are 20 + years minimum and many investors want a quicker return for their buck.
Historically, timber companies have sourced timber from native and crown land, or worse, imported unsustainable wood from overseas rain forests. Radial Timber & Heartwood Plantations have purchased disused land and planted native trees so that the next generation of Australians can both live in houses and enjoy our forests. Unless the developers make us all live in flats!
A Cut Above: Australian ingenuity turns the age-old tradition of sawmilling on its head
Australian ingenuity is turning the age-old tradition of sawmilling on its head. Radial sawing, which cuts round logs into wedges, means smaller trees can be turned into useful timber. The technology has massive implications for native forests – it means useable timber can be grown in plantations in half the time.
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