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Garth Smith

Leatherwood Confetti at McGowans Falls

My first trip into here found McGowan Falls and Relapse Creek awash with the yearly confetti of Leatherwood flowers and leaves.
Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) is utilized by Tasmanian beekeepers in the making of Leatherwood Honey, a noted monofloral honey that has been recognised by the international Slow Food movement in its Ark of Taste.
The Tasmanian Beekeepers’ Association has had to lobby the Tasmanian government to ensure continued access to this precious resource, and to protect it from logging.
Much of the leatherwood is difficult to access, growing deep within the forests of Tasmania’s Tarkine area and wild west coast.

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