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We run online and hands-on workshops on making micro-forests. If we don’t have an upcoming workshop we have videos to buy below.

Eight Steps to make a community micro-forest – online workshop Monday 27 June 2022

Make a home micro-forest This workshop combines theory and practice. You get to help plant a micro-forest of endangered coastal rainforest species. Moruya, NSW -Sunday 17 July 2022

The Eight Step Method to create a climate-cooling community micro-forest – VIDEO (50 mins)

Are you interested in building a micro-forest or tiny forest in your neighbourhood but don’t know how? We’ve developed an Eight Step Method based on our experience that takes you through what’s involved from start to finish.

This method covers you from starting conversations in your community to building a climate-cooling micro-forest. Projects take around 12 to 18 months. This ensures everything is well planned and your community and authorities are on board. And you don’t need to be an expert, just passionate about making a difference in your community.

Liz and Purdie, two of the Watson Micro-forest Makers.

‘Thanks Edwina. I really enjoyed the video. It was very inspiring. I’m hoping to get a micro-forest project going in my town, so I’ll be in touch with questions.”

Freya, nsw.

When you purchase the video (MP4) you will be able to download it to your computer and watch it whenever you like. Or there’s an option to gift the video to someone else.

More about the Eight Steps

The Eight Steps – Summary

  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 holding successful community consultations
  4. Employing experts to design your Landscape and Water harvesting plans – how to choose the right people for the job
  5. Obtaining approval from local authorities – we provide advice on meeting your local authorities’ guidelines.
  6. Earthworks – this is where the fun starts. You engage skilled contractors to construct
  7. Community planting days – how to make sure you working bees are a success and you have fun
  8. Maintenance – we provide a maintenance schedule for you to help you care for your new micro-forest
Passion

You don’t need to be an expert in plants or any other field to build a tiny forest. What you need most is passion. Passion to make a difference in your community or school. The hardest thing about making a micro forest is starting.

Anyone can start a micro or tiny forest. Year 6 students at Lyneham Primary, ACT, built a forest classroom as a leaving gift to their school in 2020.

How to build a home micro-forest – VIDEO (54 mins)

Moruya micro-forest after 5 years. Photo taken July 2021.

In 2016, Edwina and her partner bought a long skinny block of land in Moruya, NSW. Their dream was to build a small solar passive house and a bountiful garden protected from the elements.

The front entry faces west and was the ideal place to make a micro-forest.

Edwina was inspired by local sand dune vegetation and set about to recreate the look and feel in the front garden. In the 54 minute video she covers:

  1. Where do you place your micro-forest in relation to your home and neighbours?
  2. What size should it be?
  3. How do you improve the soil?
  4. How do you choose the plant species?
  5. Where do you get the plants?
  6. Should you irrigate?
  7. What maintenance is required and for how long?

More about tree species

She mixed short lived wattles (Acacia) and trees like Casuarina glauca and Allocasuarina littoralis. Underneath the trees she created an understorey of shrubs, groundcovers and climbers. As the wattles grew she added some rainforest trees like Macadamia and Queensland Lacebark (Brachyciton discolor) and Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachyciton acerifolius). Silky oak also known as Grevillea robusta has self-seeded from plants next door.

The forest has grown rapidly in five years.

When you purchase the video (MP4) you will be able to download it to your computer and watch it whenever you like. Or there’s an option to gift the video to someone else.

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