Plastic Free February 2019

Plastic Free February

As environmentalists we despair at the damage we do to the environment with plastics. Some of the  facts that bother us the most include the floating Pacific plastic garbage island 3 times the size of France (1.6 million square kilometres), the continuing build up of micro plastic particles in the ocean that will never break down (estimated plastic in oceans is currently  100 million tons), estimate of over a million deaths by plastic a year of sea creatures. Ninety percent of sea birds have been found to have plastic in their bellies. And the problem is only getting worse: The estimated 19 billion pounds of plastic that ends up in the ocean every year is expected to double by 2025. But it was a picture I saw recently that pushed me to be more proactive.  Seeing the carcass of a pelican, just  stuffed to actual death with plastic meant we could no longer just cruise along doing a little here and there and giving up easily “cause it’s just the way it is”.

So Feb 2019 we will be Plastic Free at home, and start a concerted effort to be Plastic Free as much as possible at Bushnuts.

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Tragic loss of Mark Waddington

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend, teammate and all round top bloke Mark Waddington.

On Thursday July 20th/2017 Mark was travelling to work on his beloved Ducati bike when we believe he may have swerved to avoid hitting a wallaby, he went off the road and was killed instantly.

Mark was kind, generous, positive, extraordinarily enthusiastic, and was passionate about an enormous range of things, including his love for nature and the environment.

We will miss Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family.

Mark Memorial tree planting july 22

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Letter from Steve Ward/ Barbs Trees

Dear valued customers and suppliers of Bush Nuts Nursery

My name is Steven Ward and I am delighted to introduce myself to you. I have been managing revegetation nurseries for the past 17 years. I first started with Gecko Regen and went on to manage their nursery for nine years. I then took over an existing business called Barbs Trees, which I have now owned for eight years and during this time, I have steadily built up strong links within the regeneration community. I am committed to producing the highest quality plant stock from locally sourced seed, in addition to procuring species from a variety of growers throughout South East Queensland, in order to offer as much diversity as is possible.

During the past eight years I have had the pleasure of purchasing plants from Bushnuts and I have always admired their ability to supply a diverse range of high quality stock. It is with great excitement and enthusiasm, along with a strong commitment to service, that I will take over the nursery business (under the Barbs Trees umbrella) as of 16th of January. I hope you will feel comfortable with the approaching transition, as Liz will continue in her role. The phone number will remain the same and orders will continue to come out of the current nursery at Tallebudgera until March.

We will gradually be moving the nursery in the New Year to our existing site at Mt Nathan. I hope to continue to maintain links with all of Charlie and Cathy’s current network of clients, so I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person very soon.

I aim to continue to offer the same excellent service that Bushnuts nursery has provided in the past in addition to extending our services as necessary, to meet the needs of the evolving regeneration industry.

Charlie and Cathy will continue to operate the restorations business under the banner of Bushnuts (Bush Nuts Native Nursery).

Yours sincerely
Steven Ward

ABN 898 59 104 277
Nursery Address
6 Riverglen Ct
Mt Nathan
QLD 4211

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Big Changes for 2017- Nursery sold

We have been operating the two sides of Bush Nuts Native Nursery (Native Nursery/ Natural Area Bushland Restorations) out of our property for 22 years. The nursery in particular is a 7-day per week commitment and with our set up it has been completely entangled in our daily lives.

We decided recently it was time to lighten our work load, and despite very mixed feelings, felt it was time to sell  the nursery side of our business. We are very pleased that Steve Ward of Barbs Trees is buying the nursery side of our business (without the name) effective Jan 16th 2017.

We will continue to own and operate the Natural Areas Restorations business under the banners of Bushnuts and Bush Nuts Native Nursery.

We are delighted with this outcome as Steve is highly motivated to work for the local environment, committed to growing good quality native plants and has 18 years experience in the native plant nursery industry on the Gold Coast. We could not have wished for a better result. Steve will continue to operate from our premises and his own nursery site until mid March 2017, when remaining stock will be transferred to Steve’s nursery at Mt Nathan.

The Bushnut’s nursery sales phone number 0448 253 396 will be transferred over to Barbs Trees on Jan16/2017 and our Liz Kane will continue to answer this phone and manage nursery sales for Steve. All emails sent to will automatically be forwarded to . All nursery enquiries received after Jan 16/2017 at will be forwarded to .

We are working with Steve and Liz to ensure that this transition will be seamless, and that our customers will enjoy an easy handover.

Thank you to all of our customers and suppliers for your ongoing support, it has been a great privilege to work with you.

Charlie and Cathy Booth


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Satin Bower Bird finds better use for nursery tags it seems


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Australian government bucks enormous opportunities for Renewable Energy

This Four Corners program (link below) is a huge eye opener about the amazing developments around the world in renewable energy- truly the third industrial revolution. It was also an eye opener about why the current Australian government is moving backwards, rejecting/missing the  enormous opportunities  (especially prevalent here in Australia) to do our bit to reduce emissions,  clean up our energy sources while providing substantial ethical job creation.

California with 40 million people will have 30% renewable energy in 2020, Australia is backing down from a 20% commitment for 2020.

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Giant Devils Fig Invasion


This very aggressive weeGiant Devil's Fig Canopyd (Solanum chrysotrichum) is establishing quickly in SEQ and North NSW. In some areas it is already the dominant understorey plant while in other areas like Tallebudgera Valley where we live, it is spreading really quickly. Related to wild tobacco, the fruit is almost identical to that of wild tobacco and was immediately accepted by fruit eating birds. Each single fruit contains lots of seeds, which germinate readily. There were only a few individual specimens in our valley just a few years ago, but now we are removing several hundred seedlings a year from our 3ha property.

It will grow almost anywhere, including dry rocky eucalypt country, and in time will likely pose a serious threat to wildlife like Koalas. This species should have been classified as a declared weed years ago.

The plant grows to about 6 metres tall, is a very quick grower reaching 2-3 metres in the first year. It flowers and fruits in the first or second year.

Nasty weed

The trunk is covered in very sharp thorns, even at the seedling stage. The flowers are white and grow in clusters. The leaves are very large and lobed. After a few seasons lots of offspring will have grown around the original parent plant and these can form dense stands with stems less than one metre apart, forming an impenetrable wall of thorn covered stems.

This species is not easy to kill by application of foliar herbicide. It is best to cut the stems with loppers or a saw near to the base of the trunk and apply neat Glyphosate (e.g. with a paint brush) to the cut within 15 seconds. If the tree is larger it is safer to cut off the upper branches first. A larger tree can be very heavy and spikey when it falls. Heavy gloves and protective clothing are highly recommended.

Please do your bit to reduce the spread of this species. 

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Welcome to our revamped website


We hope you will find all you need to know about us quickly and easily.

Stay tuned for our posts featuring native plants, nasty weeds, causes and campaigns we care about and other environmental issues.

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