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  1. Laguna

    Christmas Trees

    Please can someone advise me if it is okay to take artificial christmas trees. A friend of mine who moved to Melbourne last year told me she was charged to have it destroyed or fumigated. Many thanks.
  2. I was thinking about this carbon tax and thinking that Oz is a large country with huge forests and a small population. Surely all the trees absorb a lot of our CO2 emissions compared with other countries. So I dug out some information off the net to find out for some countries; the land mass, % of land covered by trees, total area of trees, total number of trees (assumed an average spacing of 20m), CO2 emissions per year, how much CO2 each tree absorbs per year and hence finally calculated the % of CO2 produced which is reabsorbed by the trees. (This is apparently more for mature trees, which I expect there are more of in Australias forests than forests in the UK for example. Results are below Country %CO2 absorbed by trees US 1.38% Germany 0.33% UK 0.12% Australia 12.3% So, as Australia has been careful to preserve its forests instead of cutting them all down and concreting over them like the US and the UK, we still have forests to absorb 100 times more of the CO2 we produce than the UK for example and many more times the other countries here. So are we justified in having such a harsh carbon tax compared to other countries. Has the amount we absorb with our carefully preserved forests been taken into account?
  3. Guest

    Conker Trees

    We have a problem... The Conkers are just coming out on our Green...and we are moving to Sydney very soon. My litle lad wants to know if anyone has seen any conker tree's in Sydney......and if so who's up for a conker fight ??:biggrin:
  4. I would like to buy a lemon tree, lime tree and maybe an orange tree. All potted but large enough to produce fruit. I would also like a couple of pepper and chilli plants, again big / old enough to produce peppers / chillis. Does anyone know where the best place is to buy these things and also how old they need to be in order to for me to have to 'harvest' my goodies? :jiggy: Also, ive never grown anything before, so are these easy to maintain and grow? Many thanks Emma x
  5. I know this sounds daft but I have met more than a few British migrants who have returned to the "Old Dart" because they could not get used to the alien Australian landscape. One guy I met just said "the hills are all the wrong shape", and another couple who loved the outdoors told me they could never get used to the fact that there was no autumn here and the trees did not lose their leaves. Maybe this only applies to people who feel a close connection to the British landscape, but one of the things I have found hardest to adapt to here in Australia is the sheer weirdness of the natural environment and the fact that it is utterly different to anything you will have encountered not just in Britain but anywhere else in the world. Migrate to the USA, Russia or China and you will still find yourself in a place that is familiar with oak trees, crows and animals like foxes. But in Australia you will have to get used to unique specie like eucalypts, lorikeets and possums. It's taken me ten years to start to see the beauty in gum trees, but even now I still find it hard to agree with the Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar who said : The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded Lanes, Of ordered woods and gardens, Is running in your [british] veins; Strong love of grey-blue distance, Brown streams and soft, dim skies - I know but cannot share it, My [Aussie] love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of drought and flooding rains, I love her far horizons, I love her jewel sea, Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me.
  6. Guest

    Xmas Trees

    Does any one know if you can or cannot take fake xmas trees to oz? Cheers Michelle. :Randy-git: