FAQ

Where can I donate to the Holt Micro-Forest?

Our crowdfunding campaign launched on Tuesday 1 June 2021 and will run throughout June! You can donate via the crowdfunding page.

What is a Micro-Forest?

A Micro-Forest is a small but complete ecosystem that mimics a forest on a tiny scale. It’s a dense pocket of diverse vegetation that contains trees, shrubs, climbers and ground-covers that create a mini-ecosystem. A Micro-Forest captures carbon, breaks down decomposing organic material to return nutrients into the soil, creates habitat for wildlife and has a cooling effect on the surrounding area.

When did the Holt Micro-Forest initiative start?

The Holt Micro-Forest initiative commenced in March 2021 inspired by the success of the Downer and Watson Micro-Forest Initiatives. A Saturday morning discussion between ABC presenter Adrienne Francis and The Climate Factory’s Edwina Robinson on 20 March 2021 kick started the momentum and the Holt Micro-Forest Facebook group was formed the same day.

What is the timeline to establish the Holt Micro-Forest?

We are aiming to establish the Micro-Forest and Nature Play space in 2021 and 2022.

Where will the Holt Micro-Forest be established?

The preferred site is the Boyle Place Park and this has support from the community group and stakeholder groups. Formal approval will be sought after community design sessions and the drafting of the proposed landscape design.

Five sites were assessed throughout April and May. 

  • Holt Oval Precinct Block 1 Section 13
  • Cazaly Close Park Block 1, Section 91
  • Boyle Place Park Block 1, Section 92
  • Armstrong Crescent Park Block 1, Section 93
  • Trumper St Green Space Block 1, Section 94

How will the Holt Micro-Forest initiative be funded?

The initiative will be funded through fund-raising activities such as a Bunnings BBQ, a crowdfunding campaign, local sponsorship and Government grants.

How big will the Holt Micro-Forest be?

The size of the Holt Micro-Forest will depend on the site selected, the amount of funds raised and community input through the design process. A Micro-Forest can be as small as a car space or much larger. It may be a series of smaller plantings, or a few larger plantings. Community consultation will be key to shaping the Holt Micro-Forest.

Does the Holt Micro-Forest have approval?

The Holt Micro-Forest has in-principle support from Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), Urban Program Teams. We will work closely with TCCS throughout the project to obtain appropriate approvals before we commence works.

Which other organisations are you working with on this initiative?

So far, we are working with Transport Canberra and City Services, Canberra Region Community Services, Ginninderra Catchment Group, Orienteering ACT, The Climate Factory and TreeCreate.

What have you done so far?

Since our group was established in early April 2021, we have:

  • Created a Facebook group, Instagram channel, Website and email communications channel
  • Completed a Radio discussion on 666 ABC afternoons on 7 April 2021
  • Created a site tour map of the 5 sites under consideration
  • Held a community walk through of the 5 sites on 18 April 2021
  • Collated feedback from the site tour and posted this to the Facebook Group
  • Submitted grant applications in the Environment ACT, Nature in the City Grant process which closed on 28 April 2021
  • Submitted an application in the Heart Foundation Innovation Challenge for a permanent orienteering incorporating nature play
  • Received in-principle support from Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) for the initiative
  • Completed a community poll for the preferred site via the Facebook group
  • Launched our crowdfunding campaign on 1 June 2021 at 10.30 am Canberra time.
  • Ran a preferred location poll on our Facebook group.
  • Met with TCCS, Capital Region Community Services and the Ginninderra Catchment group for a site walk-through on 4 June 2021 and reached agreement on the preferred site as Boyle Place Park.

What’s next?

The focus over June and July 2021 will be communication and fundraising.

Communication activities include a letter box drop around Holt, posters on notice boards and a reach-out to local businesses, organisations and community groups to talk to them about the initiative and how they can contribute.

A crowdfunding campaign will also be launched mid-May.

A number of other fund-raising activities will be initiated including a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in Belconnen on 11 July 2021.

By the end of July 2021, we aim to have a good initial view of the budget available for the remainder of 2021-22.

References

What is a micro-food forest? - Tucker Bush

What is a Micro-Forest and why are they cropping up around Canberra? | HerCanberra

How to build a community micro-forest by Edwina Robinson  The Climate Factory