What we do?

We design, build and teach about climate-ready micro-forests.

What is a micro-forest?

Micro-forests are dense pockets of climate-ready vegetation that:

  • keep us cool and and reduce the need for air conditioning
  • provide habitat, and
  • enhance community well-being.

We choose plants that can cope with a hotter, drier climate; reduced rainfall and extreme cold.


to plant 100,000 trees and shrubs in the Canberra region by 2025

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.

A grove of Swamp She-Oak, Casuarina glauca, Moruya NSW.

Trees are also good for our physical and mental health and well-being and improve property values. Studies show trees can reduce our stress responses.

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, further 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 identified by the forestry school at the ANU as being suitable in a hotter, drier Canberra.

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
Carpobrotus glaucescens
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.

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