Organic life

Peter Cundall

Patches of peace

October 2015

Gardening is proving a therapeutic tonic, both physically and mentally, for returned war veterans around Australia, writes SIMON WEBSTER.

Steve Marsh loses appeal

Steve Marsh loses appeal

September 2015

Organic farmer, Steve Marsh, loses appeal against court ruling on GM contamination case, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Sugar glider poles

High-wire act

August 2015

Have you noticed these poles when driving along the Hume Highway? asks PENNY WOODWARD.

plastic shopping bag

Say no to plastic bags

July 2015

Plastic bags are a whale of a problem for the environment, writes SIMON WEBSTER.

how safe is glyphosate?

The truth about glyphosate

June 2015

It is a globally used herbicide but the UK Soil Association is questioning its safety, writes SIMON WEBSTER.

weeping elm

In your branches

June 2015

Read the winning entries for our "tree stories" competition.

Crop Spraying

Glyphosate linked to cancer

March 2015

The World Health Organisation's cancer agency describes glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, JUSTIN RUSSELL reports.


Keep it clean

July 2014

A move from New South Wales to Tasmania focused JENNIFER STACKHOUSE'S mind on quarantine issues.

The observer

July 2014

From her first visit, Tasmanian forests had a profound effect on Miranda Gibson.

This would go on to become a passion to protect those forests from logging and ultimately led to her spending 449 days, 60 metres above the ground in a tree that was named Observer Tree.

After nearly 15 months shut off from reality Miranda was forced to evacuate the tree last year.

Since then the area where Observer Tree stands and the surrounding forest have been given World Heritage status.

Ella Richmond is an ABC Open contributor who also works part-time in a non-editorial role at ABC Local Radio in Hobart. This film was produced in her own time after attending an ABC Open video workshop.