Downer Community Micro-forest

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

The Downer micro-forest is a pilot project initiated by Edwina Robinson in 2019. The aim of the project is to trial a vegetation method that cools the urban landscape. The micro-forest also creates urban habitat, enhances wellbeing and provides hope for the future.

Since creating the Downer Micro-forest, The Climate Factory has worked with local communities to start the Watson, Holt and Casey Micro-forests in the ACT.

Watson Community 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 micro-forest, a pollinator patch, a ‘dry’ creek bed, a timber boardwalk and a shopfront. There will be an outdoor gathering space with boulder seating, broad grass pathways and a picnic table and benches.

Construction commenced November 2021.

Holt Community Micro-forest

The Climate Factory is supporting locals to create the Holt Micro-forest. Jennifer Bardsley is the volunteer community leader.

The Landscape Plan will include a native micro-forest, a pollinator patch, water harvesting and nature play. A food Forest will also be planted.

The volunteer leadership group have been successful in raising $25,000 from crowdfunding.

Sullivans Creek Micro-forest

The Climate Factory partnered with the Molonglo Conservation Group to create a 1000 plant climate-ready micro-forest in Lyneham. This project was sponsored by Alicia Payne MP via a Federal Government Grant.

The micro-forest is located near the corner of Wattle and Goodwin Streets Lyneham. The area of open parkland is located within the Sullivans Creek floodplain.

Edible Micro-forest, Braddon

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.

Online Classes

The Climate Factory offers online classes on ‘How to create a community micro-forest in 8 steps’.

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