No accessible trees means no honey from the Southern Beekeepers and no pollination in the South of Tasmania
Tasmania’s prized Leatherwood honey, and stone fruits and vegetables all from the South, may just become a sad, beautiful memory.
The production of a unique, world renowned honey will be drastically reduced.
Leatherwood honey is produced by bees from the fragrant blossoms of the leatherwood tree. As you read this, Tasmania’s 350-year old leatherwood trees are being clear-felled to produce throwaway products. Very few leatherwood trees will remain in the south and only in small, hard-to-access areas. The production of a unique, world-renowned pure honey may no longer be possible.
At present the loss of Leatherwood is imminent in the south of the state and the main concern is the flow on effect to other industries – particularly pollination services for agriculture.
Leatherwood is only useful to bees if it is within 3km of a road that will support truck access so that the beekeeper can bring in the hives, which weigh between 30-50kg each, and take out the honey boxes. Most of the leatherwood in reserves cannot be accessed in this way and might as well be on the moon for all the use it is to beekeepers.
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