Moruya Micro-forest – 2022-2023

The Eurobodalla region, NSW, was ravaged by the Black Summer Bushfires over 2019-2020. As part of community regeneration (post fires and mid covid) we will build a micro-forest in Moruya. It will include dense planting of rainforest species based on the Miyawaki method, water harvesting, nature play and indigenous engagement.

Coastal rainforest, Durras, NSW

We will build the micro-forest at St John’s Anglican Church on the corner of Campbell and Page Streets, Moruya.

Shortly we will launch a crowdfunding campaign with Start Some Good. To date 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 – under construction

Earthworks started on Canberra’s third micro-forest in May 2022. This densely planted area of 1500 trees, shrubs and groundcovers will convert a drab park into a more delightful space. All with the support and hard yakka from locals.

The Climate Factory is working with JT4 garden service to build the landscape. They removed existing grass and stockpiled the topsoil and formed water harvesting trenches. Next they will form the dry creek bed which is inked to the trenches. They will also large boulders in place.

One of the special features of this micro-forest is that it will include a section of Callitris endlicheri forest. Callitris endlicheri is also known as Black cypress pine and it occurs nearby on the Murrumbidge River and at the Cotter. It will be combined with other locally occurring shrubs like Acacia rubida and Bursaria spinosa.

Our plan includes a native micro-forest, pollinator patches, a central ‘lawn’ of Microlaena stipoides and broad paths in and out of the space. A Food Forest will be planted nearby. The volunteer leader of the Holt Micro-forest is Jennifer Bardsley.

Join us for a weekend of working bees.

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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