Ludlow mill & settlement

The Ludlow mill, settlement buildings and infrastructure have been abandoned for many years and left to decay. Ludlow now urgently needs a considerable amount of refurbishment to restore and preserve the social and community values it represents for the benefit of future generations.

The values

  • Heritage, both Aboriginal and European
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Biodiversity
  • Forestry
  • Timber engineering
  • Conservation
  • Research and propagation of native plants, animals, birds and biotica

This site is the only historic example of the tuart forest timber industry upon which this colony was established over the last 180 years.

Restoration funding
The commitment to the restoration of this site will come from the public although there are a number of government departments who can influence the future of Ludlow including the State and Federal Governments, local Shires, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife), the Forest Products Commission, Heritage Council, Tourism WA to name a few.

Short term goals
There are four initial priorities to make the Ludlow mill & settlement safe for the next phase of our restoration activity.

  • Recruitment of specialist engineering, trades and skills
  • Provision of plant and materials
  • Restoration of power and water supplies
  • Member engagement

Specialist engineering, trades and skills
We need engineers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, wall and floor tilers, glazers, cabinet makers, plasterers, roof plumbers, fencing contractors and enthusiastic people.

We will need at least one of each of these trades to ensure all work is completed within appropriate regulations and standards. 

It would be helpful to have a company specialising in each of these fields to become an active member of our group, providing a supervisory role or better still to accept a restoration role for part of the infrastructure or a complete cottage.

Plant and materials
This area will need to be covered by government, corporates and small business. We need the support of companies to enable us to seek matching government funding with our group providing voluntary on the ground, hands on work and supervision.

Power and water supply
The electrical installation requires a complete rebuild from the point of supply to buildings and cottages. We will need an electrical engineer and contractors to ensure this work is designed and completed to current standards.

The water infrastructure needs substantial upgrade to deliver potable water to the site, buildings and cottages. The current operating bore is 2 kilometres south of Ludlow. It is equipped and connected to power with a recently installed black poly pipe trunk main back to the settlement. 

Member engagement
The Ludlow Tuart  Forest Restoration Group currently has 450 registered members however we must continue to build membership at every opportunity. There is power in numbers.

Our members have knowledge, skills, ideas and enthusiasm. In the first instance, we encourage all members to work with us to make the buildings secure and safe to allow public entry. We believe that once the public start to feel they have ownership of this forest and buildings, progress will be exponential.

Yes, there is a lot to do. Be part of the adventure and join us today.

Ludlow tuart planting

This remnant tuart forest has a combined area of 3,300 hectares. Over 1,000 hectares was once cleared and planted to softwood species. The pines have now been removed and the area requires extensive rehabilitation.

This project will restore 185 hectares of the Lochart block, once cleared for agriculture, planted to softwood, clear felled and now generally denuded land. Current knowledge supports volunteer restoration at a rate of 30 hectares per year.

First year of planting completed
Initial tuart seed was donated by Cristal Mining. The seed was germinated and seedlings grown under a contract with Boyanup Botanical. Soil preparation and fencing was completed early June 2019 the final seedlings were planted by month end.

Continuing activities include the fertilisation of seedlings, management of browsing herbivores, insects, fungi and the control and eventual elimination of invasive weeds.

The new forest will be thinned after 20 years to allow under story establishment. The result will be a fully stocked dominant tuart forest of immense biological and human value.

It will be a world class example of forest restoration for all values, including Carbon capture, production, protection, tourism, recreation, education, heritage, clean air and water management.

 

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