Jenny Edwards planting a Casuarina

The Climate Factory is a landscape architecture firm that creates climate-cooling outdoor spaces. We are passionate about addressing a hotter, drier future and making spaces for plants, people and animals so they can 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. A CSIRO 2017 report found that parts of Canberra were up to 8C hotter than the surrounding countryside.

The Climate Factory has created a wholistic approach to urban heat by combining principles of landscape regeneration with community development and empowerment. This creates 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.

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 together as part of a team. We support you on 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 and how to design climate wise gardens.

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

CSIRO 2017 urban heat report


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