Our vision

Bamboo Park is a giant bamboo forest regenerating the soil and eco-systems from sugar cane farming. By applying a bamboo-based agro-ecosystem we aim to restore the land and prevent the pitfalls of traditional agricultural practices. Our off-grid property features bamboo forest, native woodland, water and lawns much-loved by visiting kangaroos.

Bamboo Park is a haven for native fauna, it controls soil erosion, conserves biodiversity, beautifies the landscape and essentially contributes to the purification and regulation of the
surrounding environment. 

 

 

Bamboo house

A year ago, Ed and his dad finished building the main theme of the nursery, the Bamboo House. They wanted to showcase the potential of bamboo construction as well as make a unique experience while you find your favorite plants.

The Bamboo House is the most valued theme at the Nursery. It was the origin that inspired us to start the Bamboo Park Plant Nursery. This iconic place reminds us how important and unique it is to live with plants, use eco materials as well as enjoy the natural environment. We hope you will come and enjoy it too!

 

The house is a traditional Indonesian structure, built on local sandstone blocks, with bamboo poles for the frames, split bamboo floors and pressed bamboo ply walls and grass thatched roof. The building process was a great learning experience and provides a cool and inspiring place.

After construction of the house we built a shaded area with local bamboo and grass thatch roof to provide a space for our most shade loving plants. The nursery has over 20 different clumping bamboo varieties, as well as trees, palms and all different tropical and fruit trees.

Why bamboo?

Bamboo is a renewable resource

Depending on the species, bamboo can be harvested in one to five years and it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world [1].Hardwoods like oak and pine take at least forty years to mature before they can be harvested leading to almost 1 million acres of forests lost each week worldwide to deforestation.

Bamboo’s versatility as a substitute for hardwoods offers a chance to drastically reduce that figure and protect the forests that we have left as it can replace the use of wood for nearly every application. Paper, flooring, furniture, charcoal, building materials, clothing and much more can be made from bamboo.

What’s more, bamboo fibers are far stronger than wood fibers and much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions. Bamboo has a higher specific tensile strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a specific compressive strength that rivals steel [2].

1. Farrelly, David (1984). The Book of Bamboo. Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-825-X.
“Fastest growing plant”. Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
Retrieved 22 August 2014. 2. Lakkad; Patel (June 1981). “Mechanical properties of bamboo, a
natural composite”. Fibre Science and Technology. 14 (4): 319–322.

Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases faster

Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees. Bamboo’s rapid biomass accumulation and effective fixation of CO2 gives it an extremely high carbon sequestration capacity. [3]

3.Global Ecology and Conservation Volume 3, January 2015, Pages 654-663. Managing
woody bamboos for carbon farming and carbon trading.

Bamboo protects topsoil layers

Once sugar cane fields are clear-cut and the stumps are sprayed or burned to provide space for the next growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall. Eroded soil clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream.

In contrast, bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients for the next crop.

Bamboo self-mulches and provides carbon sequestration. Soil carbon storage might help us combat global warming through positive (Humanity+) agriculture and land management practices which increase soil carbon. In addition, fertile soils produce more food, promote biodiversity, hold moisture better, and are less susceptible to erosion, floods, nutrient loss, and desertification. More microbes in the soil enable plants to grow deeper root systems which allow them to tolerate drought better, and be more resistant to pests. Enhanced carbon in soils improves soil and water quality.

These are all effects which will help society feed the global population and be more resilient to the impacts of climate change.