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Jenny Edwards, Light House Architecture and Science planting a Casuarina cunninghamiana.

The Climate Factory creates climate-cooling community micro-forests. We are passionate about addressing a hotter, drier future and making community spaces for plants, people and animals so they thrive.

In 2020, founder Edwina Robinson created the first climate-cooling micro-forest in Canberra loosely based on the Miyawaki method.

Robinson developed this project in response to increased temperatures due to climate change and the Urban Heat Island Effect. In 2017 CSIRO published a report that showed parts of Canberra were up to 8C hotter than the surrounding countryside in summer.

The Climate Factory has created a wholistic approach to urban heat by combining principles of landscape regeneration with community development and empowerment. This is a powerful combination and produces fast grass roots outcomes.

The Climate Factory is not trying to recreate ecosystems like forests, woodlands or grasslands that existed at 1788. Instead we create new urban vegetation systems and new community leadership models for a hotter, drier world.

We’ve developed a comprehensive list of trees based on research by the ANU School of Forestry. These trees are being trialled at the Downer and Watson Micro-forests.

At Downer 1800 native plants have transformed a barren, weedy park into an urban oasis. Over 2021/22 we will install temperature and humidity loggers to monitor the efficacy of the micro-forest.

The micro-forest concept has been adopted by residents of Watson, Holt and Casey using our eight step method on how to build a micro-forest.

Our landscape plans include simple water harvesting, good soil preparation and using plant layers to copy natural ecosystems. We believe it’s important to use local native species PLUS plants from hotter, drier climates.

Micro-forest projects are led by volunteer teams in the community. You don’t have to be an expert to start a micro-forest, just passionate about making a difference in your community and willing to work in a volunteer leadership team. We support your journey by offering expertise, mentoring and helping your project stay on track.

We offer workshops on how to build community micro-forests in eight steps.

Listen to this 30 minute podcast about micro-forests, tiny houses and community leadership.

CSIRO 2017 urban heat report

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