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The Climate Factory is a social enterprise established in 2019 to help people in the Canberra region adapt to a hotter climate using micro-forests.

Micro-forests are dense pockets of vegetation that provide essential ecosystem services like:

  • increase tree canopy
  • increase cooling
  • provide wildlife habitat
  • absorb carbon.

We design, build and teach about micro-forests. We also offer ongoing maintenance to keep forests healthy into the future.

OUR 2025 VISION is to plant 100,000 trees and shrubs in the Canberra region.

The forests can be planted with native or exotics (including edibles) or a mix of both. And our forests start as small as a car space (5.5 m x 2.5m).

Micro-forests can be paired with complementary features like edible forests, wicking beds, pollinator gardens, nature play spaces, timber bird boxes and timber seats.

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Why plant trees?

Trees need carbon to grow. They take up carbon and store it in their leaves, trunks and roots. Not only are trees essential carbon absorbers, they cool the landscape and provide wildlife habitat.

Trees are also good for our health and well-being and improve property values.

Whether you start at your school or workplace, in your garden, street, neighbourhood or local park – together we can make a difference. The more trees we plant, the more carbon we absorb, the more habitat we provide and help keep our neighbourhoods cool.

Planting and watching something grow is empowering. Plant one tree and watch it flower, plant a forest and watch it thrive.

Reducing fire risk

In public spaces we choose plants with a low fire risk. We avoid plants with a high oil content or ribbon-type bark.

Where possible, we harvest water on site to keep plants well watered, reducing the fire risk. And we recommend remove dead/dying branches and excess fuel load prior to the fire season.

Here’s a list of some of the climate-ready native trees we use which we source from hotter and drier regions of NSW.

Brachyciton populneus – Kurrajong
Callitris endlicheri – Black Cypress Pine
Cupaniopsis anarcardiodies – Tuckeroo
Melia azederach ‘Elite’ – White Cedar (Deciduous)
Grevillea robusta – Silky Oak

Under the trees we plant groundcovers that have low flammability. Groundcovers keep the soil moist and provide habitat for skinks and invertebrates. This list is sourced from the ACT Nature Strip Guidelines – plants for Bushfire Prone Areas.

Bulbine bulbosa
Brachyscome multifida
Botriochloa macra
Grevillea lanigera ‘Kangarutha form’
Hydenbergia violaceae
Leucochyrsum albicans
Hibbertia procumbens
Myoporum parvifolium

Volunteer with us

Volunteers helping at the Birdscaping #CBR project in O’Connor in 2018. Image Gerard Jenkins.

We are looking for people who are interested in working with us to identify the places in the community that are in desperate need of regreening. At present we have a small team checking out the new suburbs of the Molonglo. The suburb of Wright has a canopy cover of just 1% whilst the average across Canberra is 21%. Email The Climate Factory if you would like to be part of this team.

We also need someone skilled in GIS who can help map the areas that require regreening.

We also need someone who enjoys admin. It’s a straight forward role – entering information into a database. It would take a maximum of 2 hours per week. Email The Climate Factory if you would like to be part of our volunteer team.

At present we don’t have any volunteer planting events, however, if you send us an email we can add you to our Newsletter.