A community initiative to build a Micro-Forest, food forest and nature play area in suburban Holt in 2021-22.
The Holt community is creating a Micro-Forest, food forest and nature play area within suburban Holt in 2022. Our crowdfunding campaign ran throughout June 2021 and together we successfully raised $25,060 for our project. We have also been successful with two grant submissions. Our community planting days are being scheduled for 28 May 2022 and 29 May 2022. Watch this space for more details!
Our project at a glance
- 1,500 native plants will be planted in a local green space.
- Earthworks will be designed and completed to harvest water and enrich soil quality.
- A nature play space and edible food forest will be woven into the landscape design.
- The community are involved in all stages including site selection, design, planting and maintenance.
- Our community planting days are being scheduled for 28 May 2022 and 29 May 2022. Watch this space for more details!
Time frame, budget and location
We kicked off this project in March 2021. Our landscape design, water harvesting design and plant list have been submitted to the ACT Government for approval. Pending approvals, we are planning to commence earthworks in May 2022. Our community planting days are being scheduled for 28 May 2022 and 29 May 2022.
We are funded through our crowdfunding campaign, business sponsorship, grant funding and other fundraising activities.
The location for our Micro-Forest and Food Forest is the Boyle Place Playground (opposite the Holt Shops across Beaurepaire Crescent).
We are working with the Traditional Custodians of Ngunawal Country to establish our park with an Indigenous name, reflective of the history of this area and the journey of our community.
On Monday 16 May we held our Micro-Forest kick off meeting on-site with Edwina Robinson from The Climate Factory and Paul Totterdell with JT4 Garden Service. Earthworks start this week! Machinery will be on-site to implement the water harvesting design and shape the Micro-Forest planting beds.
Please watch out for death caps in the park. They are highly toxic. There are quite a few growing under the oak trees around Boyle park at the moment. This picture from the ANBG website shows the key features to look for to identify a death cap: white gills, membranous skirt, cup-like structure at theContinue reading “Watch out for death caps!”
The temporary site fence is setup to keep the community safe during the establishment of the water harvesting trenches. It has been established with space for the earthworks machinery and vehicles to move around the micro-forest footprint – so the fence outline is quite a bit larger than the actual micro-forest footprint will be. ParticularContinue reading “Micro-Forest fence is up!”
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and honour their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community. We pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the Elders of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, on whose land we live and work. We pay our respects to all First Nations peoples and acknowledge their deep knowledge of the earth.
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