HELPING bush regenerators to identify local native grasses is Tweed resident and illustrator Margaret Elliott
HELPING bush regenerators to identify local native grasses is Tweed resident and illustrator Margaret Elliott

Interest grows in grass book



LOCAL native grasses can now be easily identified thanks to the work of Tweed residents Margaret Elliott and Penny Watford, who together compiled and illustrated a reference book which is now available.

Ms Elliott, the illustrator of the book, said the lack of such a reference book became apparent when working on bush regeneration projects on her 19-acre Byangum property.

"Penny and I both did a TAFE weekend workshop on groundcovers and grasses, but there was no refer- ence so you could identify them," she said.

"So we thought we could put together something and then Landcare come on board with a grant to print it and two years later we were publishing."

The book, titled Grasses, was released in November and the 500 copies have almost sold out.

"All the profit from the sale of the books goes to local Landcare projects," Ms Elliott said.

"We're looking to do another print run in the next few weeks be- cause everyone who has the book ends up ordering more copies.

"It has really filled a gap for bush regenerators to be able to identify the native grasses and encourage them, while removing the nonnative grasses."

Ms Elliott said the response to the book had been amazing and had increased their interest in other native ground covers and small plants.

The book Grasses is $8 and available from various local outlets or online from: nullumbooks@optusnet.com.au



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