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 first community planting days ran from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2022. We are now setting up our monthly working bees for the first Saturday of every month from 2-4 pm. All welcome!

You are invited to join the discussion on our Facebook Group and follow our journey on Instagram.

Our project at a glance
  • 1,500 native plants have been planted.
  • Earthworks were designed and completed to harvest water and enrich soil quality.
  • A nature play space and edible food forest are being woven into the landscape design.
  • The community are involved in all stages including site selection, design, planting and maintenance.
Time frame, budget and location

We kicked off this project in March 2021. We have undertaken fund raising, analysis, design, consultation and approvals!

Earthworks and planting have been completed, and we are now setting up our monthly working bees for the first Saturday of every month from 2-4 pm starting in August 2022. Everyone welcome!

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.

Upcoming Indigenous Plant Use Sessions with Aaron Chatfield

I am grateful for the opportunity today to meet with Aaron Chatfield from Dreamtime Connections – to tour Gawari Mada and map out the upcoming community sessions. Aaron will teach us about Indigenous plant use. The sessions will also include sample bush tucker, boomerang lessons, ochre painting, planting and perhaps even some fresh damper! Aaron…

Indigenous plants at Gawari Mada

Our March community session on Indigenous plants at Gawari Mada with Aaron Chatfield booked out pretty quickly. Don’t worry if you missed out, we have two more sessions coming up soon. Complimentary tickets for the community have been made possible by the ACT Government Adopt A Park program. Sunday 23 April at 2 pmhttps://events.humanitix.com/gawari-mada-holt-indigenous-plant-use-april-session Saturday…

Indigenous Plant Session 25 March

Please join us for this amazing experience with Dreamtime Connections’ Aaron Chatfield on Country at Gawari Mada to learn about Indigenous plants in the Micro-Forest and Food Forest on 25 March 2023 at 10 am. Aaron will teach us about native plant use, traditional tools and Indigenous culture. You will also have a chance to…

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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