Forester and Landcarer, Tenterden
I’m a forester and land manager with a lifelong interest in the Australian bush, farming, forestry, and gaining a better understanding of ecological functions. The integration of diverse land use values, understanding how human interaction impacts natural systems, and the rehabilitation of degraded land are all fascinating to me.
My career has included multiple decades working as an operational practitioner and manager in the public, corporate and small business sectors. I’m now in a busy semi-retirement stage, continuing to enjoy planting and growing trees for their multiple benefits to nature and as a source of timber. On Balijup farm, I’m focused on protecting the existing native vegetation and encouraging the spread of ecological diversity while maintaining a small but viable farming operation. I enjoy learning from others’ experiences and sharing my own.
For several years, I served on the South Coast NRM land reference group, and I’ve collaborated with Green Skills on various significant projects at Balijup, and with Gondwana Link.
I hope you enjoy the Balijup stories below.
Balijup farm: family, people and nature working together
Alan Hordacre and Basil Schur tell the heart-warming story of Balijup farm, near Tenterden. Balijup shows how conservation, farming and forestry can co-exist, boosted since 2012 by the enthusiastic collaboration between conservation group Green Skills and the Hoardacre siblings - Alan, Richard and Anne - who own the farm.
Balijup Farm and Fauna Sanctuary
Listen to current co-owner Alan Hordacre and others describe the important work taking place at Balijup Farm, including the fully fenced Fauna Sanctuary.
Balijup Farm and eco-sanctuary from above
Experience flying above a wandoo woodland canopy. This film features drone aerial photography of the Balijup Farm and Eco-Sanctuary in April 2020.
Balijup: A jewel in the Gondwana Link
From Green Skills, this film introduces Balijup - a special property in the Great Southern region and a vital link in the Gondwana Link.