Edwina Robinson sitting on a seat holding a plant with Thor Disendorf of Thors Hammer.

How to build a community micro or tiny forest in eight steps

This live on-line seminar explains what’s involved in creating a tiny forest in a public space. Edwina Robinson, Founder of The Climate Factory takes you through the Eight Step Method. Each step is based on her experience building the Downer and Watson micro-forests over 2019-2021.

Edwina says anyone can start a micro or tiny forest. She points to the Year 6 students at Lyneham Primary, ACT, who built a forest classroom as a leaving gift to their school in 2020.

Robinson stresses you don’t need to be an expert in plants to build a tiny forest. She says, what you need most is passion. Passion to make a difference in your community or school. Edwina says the hardest thing to making a micro forest is starting.

The eight steps

The Eight Step Method guides you from starting conversations in your community to a climate-cooling micro forest. Robinson says projects take around 12 to 18 months. This ensure everything is well planned and community and authorities are on board.

The eight steps involve:

  1. Starting conversations in your community and building a leadership team.
  2. Fund raising – our model uses a combination of crowdfunding, grants and sponsorship.
  3. Community consultation – tips for running successful community consultation sessions.
  4. Employing experts to create a Landscape Plan and Water Harvesting Plan – how to choose the right people for the job.
  5. Obtaining approvals from local authorities – we provide advice on meeting your local authorities guidelines.
  6. Earthworks – this is where the fun starts. You will engage skilled contractors to construct water harvesting features, like dry creek beds and improve the soil.
  7. Community planting days – how to make sure your working bees are a success and fun.
  8. Maintenance – we provide a maintenance schedule to help you care for your new micro-forest.

If you live in a part of the world that’s likely to be hotter and drier in the future and you want to take action, then this is an event you should attend.

Participants across Australia describe the session as ‘exciting and inspiring’. The next 1 hour workshop is: Wednesday 2 February at 6.30pm.


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