From 1 September 2021, netting used to protect household fruit-trees, vegetable gardens, or other fruiting plants must have a mesh size of 5mm x 5mm or less at full stretch under the Victorian Department of Agriculture’s new regulations.
Household fruit trees and vegetable gardens produce an inviting and tempting food source for native possums, birds and fruit bats.
Using loose fitting and wide gaged netting can trap many of these animals, as they can become tangled and in their struggle to free themselves can be severely injured, which may cause death.
The Victorian Department of Agriculture has implemented the new mesh size regulations to reduce this risk to wildlife. Find out more visit their website.
How to dispose of any old-style netting
There are no current recycling options for fruit tree netting. New large netting can be offered for use at schools for display purposes, but if an indoor use cannot be found, it will need to be disposed of in your rubbish bin or hard waste collection.
Please make sure the netting is wrapped in a tight ball or bagged, to reduce the chances of a bird or animal getting caught in it.
Image Supplied by: Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld Inc