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Friday, 28 May 2021 10:18

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

The Forest for the Trees, by Wayne Bennett

I found this book easy to follow in a well laid out and simple format that seems suited for those at all levels of native restoration – with mine at the beginners' end.

Although based on a plot in the Waikato, essentially the methodology can be set for any area. Mine is a coastal site, lower-west North Island, so I have used some of the strategies in the book but adapted them to meet local conditions.

The systematic approach to establishing native plant communities is well explained. Setting a plan of attack around site assessments, the weed battle and site management will ensure that the end result will mirror that of a natural area.The photos taken by the author suit the book well, and is a valuable source of identification. The book is a must-have – from a beginner's perspective – for someone intending to embark on native restorative planting.

I note my thanks as the recipient of the book from DU's lucky draw.

Review by Ian Jensen

Published in Issue 180