‘Bamboo’ – Foreword and Review

Foreword

This work seems to be important in two ways.

Firstly, there is here an easy to use and comprehensive method of recognizing the different types of Bamboo not using flower type. As Bamboo flowers so rarely, this should be very useful in a variety of locations.

Secondly, there are suggestions, methods of working and warning notes for the use of Bamboo in afforestation under many climatic and soil regimes. A useful crop – fodder – building and other materials – could be produced within as short a time as four years. The beneficial effects on soil stabilisation, precipitation increase and carbon dioxide absorption do not need to be enumerated here.

The author, Mr Peter Storey, has many years’ experience in Taiwan and Nepal, working with the local people and experimenting with the propagation of Bamboo under a variety of conditions.

His ideas need to be shared with a wide audience. Perhaps we have here one of the solutions to present problems in Tropical and Sub-tropical areas.

Margaret Smith, M.A. (Cantab.)

Review

This is a private publication by the author who has wide experience of growing and using bamboo.
Here is an easy to read book on this very versatile crop. The author points out and discusses the many useful purposes for which bamboo can be used. It can convert poor land into good land; it can be used to check erosion, especially on steep hillsides; to conserve water; to provide cheap materials for building and cottage industries; to provide fodder and firewood, and it’s not demanding on labour.

Peter Storey gives easy to follow steps to identify the different species, essential if the right one is to be selected. There follows a detailed step by step introduction to the propagation, planting and management of the crop. And there is a useful look at the way bamboo can be utilised, from splitting the thick poles to building hand carts.

This practical guide should lead to a better understanding of this most useful material.

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