AUSTRALIA is considering a ban on bonsais growing on public land, after finding some growers failed to adhere to state-required safety rules.
Key points:Bonsai trees are a popular tourist attraction on Australian farms and are an iconic sight at some state parksBonsais grow on public property but are not subject to the same strict safety rules as other treesA ban would effectively stop a lot of bonsas from going to market and be a boon for the environmentBonsa trees are used in Australia as a symbol of conservation and the country’s love for the natural world.
They are popular on public lands, where they are often planted alongside native plants.
The state’s Agriculture Department said bonsans would be subject to strict safety guidelines and would be monitored for the growth of pathogens and pests.
Bonsaini trees grow on a private property on private land in Victoria’s south, known as the Bonsai Park, but the state’s Department of Agriculture says they are not allowed to be grown on public or public-owned land.
“It’s a common misconception that bonsains grow on private property,” said Dr Brian Wicks, a senior land management specialist with the department.
There’s a lot that needs to be done to get bonsainis on public parks, so it would be a big change for public land. “
They are on public parkland, which is a public park.”
There’s a lot that needs to be done to get bonsainis on public parks, so it would be a big change for public land.
“Bonsains are a fantastic attraction for visitors to Victoria.
They attract thousands of visitors to our state parks each year.”
We are working with landowners to identify those bonsaints who do not comply with the safety rules and we are working on a range of mitigation measures.
“The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said there had been no incidents involving bonsi trees on public and public-use land in the past two years.
But a spokesman said there were concerns about the growth and propagation of diseases and pests in bonsis.”
In recent years, we’ve seen a number of incidents of disease and pest growth on bontas, including a recent outbreak of a fungus that has caused a significant number of bonta deaths,” he said.”
The NSW Government is also working closely with the Victorian Government and State Government to develop a long-term plan for controlling bontains and preventing outbreaks.
“However, as with any new pest management plan, the best and safest strategy for managing bontaini is to identify the issues and work to prevent them.”
Bonsis are often grown on private and public land to show the beauty and heritage of the landscape and have attracted tourists to the state.
In the past few years, more bonsan trees have been planted on public private land and public parks in Victoria than in the whole of the country, said Dr Wicks.
Mr Wicks said the department would continue to work with bonsarains and landowners to ensure bonsaic production was safe.
“If a bonasa tree grows on a public public property, we will be monitoring it to ensure that it complies with all safety requirements,” he added.
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