Dondingalong is a hilly area south west of Kempsey. High, if uneven, rainfall, humid summers, drier winters, acidic soils…Moso bamboo loves this country.
Though this is a good growing region, moso won’t grow itself: it needs the discreet hand of cultivation. Moreover, as I mentioned in the previous post, there are places it won’t go. This lovely patch of paperbark-swamp, for example. Moso would rather hang perilously on a steep slope than venture here.
There used to be a massive timber industry in this part of NSW. Its star product was the Red Cedar. The old times are gone, the Red Cedar is gone…but does that mean it’s all over for a timber industry? This bamboo is the same stuff we import to make our floors and kitchen benches. It’s the same species that makes the high-end bedding and clothing you see all over Paris. Even here in Oz, where there’s no processing industry, it makes a superb fence.
I don’t want to make extravagant claims and predictions. Just thinking aloud.