Forum to focus on ‘natural capital’

ORCHARD OWNER USES NATURAL ASSETS: Ruffy based orchard owner and operator Adrian Martin (pictured) uses bees as a natural asset to pollinate his fruit for growth.

STRATHBOGIE Voices will hold its next Euroa Talks session this Saturday from 11am at the Flour Mill, focusing on the topic Sustainable Local Futures.

Euroa Environment Group president, Shirley Saywell, said the session will focus on natural capital – which includes rivers, ocean, land – and climate and how it is managed.

“Discussions will focus on the people, resources and services which underpin the success of innovative and sustainable businesses now and in the future,” she said.

Ruffy orchard owner Adrian Martin said that natural capital, in his case in the form of bees, is extremely important for the growth of his stone-fruit and hence his business.

“We get a beekeeper to bring bees in for us to pollinate the orchard,” he said.

“We buy them in because there aren’t enough native bees and without them we wouldn’t get much fruit at all.”

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