OUR FORESTS

Moruya Micro-forest – coming 2022-2023

The Eurobodalla region, NSW, was ravaged by the Black Summer Bushfires over 2019-2020.

As part of community regeneration we are planning to build a micro-forest in a Moruya public space. It would include dense planting of coastal rainforest species based on the Miyawaki method, water harvesting and nature play.

Coastal rainforest, Durras, NSW

Our leadership team are liaising with Council and other landholders over potential sites.

Once we have a site we will launch a crowdfunding campaign with Start Some Good. Over 2019-21 we’ve raised $101,000 via crowdfunding for three micro-forests in Canberra.

Get in touch if you’d like to make a donation prior to campaign launch. Or call to chat about becoming an official sponsor of The Climate Factory.

Downer Micro-forest – built 2020

Jenny Edwards from Light House Architecture & Science planting an advanced Casuarina

The Downer micro-forest was a pilot project in Canberra. We used dense planting of 1800 native plants, water harvesting and fabulous soil preparation.

The dense planting is based on the Miyawaki method of 3-4 plants per square metre. This method is said to result in 10 times faster growth than a naturally occurring forest.

The end result was the creation of an urban oasis from a dustbowl in 12 months.

Watson Community Micro-forest – built 2021

Three happy but muddy workers at community planting bees. November 2021.

In 2021 we planted 1200 native plants in the Watson Micro-forest.

The Climate Factory partnered with three Watson residents to develop the Watson Micro-forest. Volunteer leaders raised $83,000 from community, business and grants.

The Landscape Plan includes a native tiny forest. Also included is a pollinator patch, a ‘dry’ creek bed and water harvesting trenches.

Nature play elements include a timber boardwalk, shopfront, ‘fire pit’ and timber logs for climbing. There is a forest classroom with boulder seating, broad pathways and a picnic table and benches.

Holt Community Micro-forest

Construction starts on the Holt Micro-forest in May 2022. We are working with JT4 garden service to build the landscape.

Our plan includes a native micro-forest, pollinator patches and water harvesting. A Food Forest will be planted in the Boyle St Park. The volunteer leader of the Holt Micro-forest is Jennifer Bardsley.

Sullivans Creek Micro-forest – planted 2021

The Climate Factory partnered with the Molonglo Conservation Group to plant a micro-forest in Lyneham. This project was sponsored by Alicia Payne MP via a Federal Government Grant.

The tiny forest of 1000 native plants is located at the corner of Wattle and Goodwin Streets Lyneham. The area of open parkland is located within the Sullivans Creek floodplain.

Edible Micro-forest, Braddon – built 2020

The Climate Factory created a display of climate-ready edible plants in wicking beds on Lonsdale St, Braddon. Native and exotic species provide food, shade and habitat and were selected to thrive during hot, dry weather and cold winters.

This project was sponsored by the City Renewal Authority.

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