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Welcome to the 4th Holt Micro-Forest newsletter! In this newsletter we provide an update on progress with our Micro-Forest and share some exciting news about a new grant!

We’d also like to welcome two new Bronze Sponsors to our team – Daniel Gough TerryWhite Chemmart Higgins and Tim McNevin Milestone Life Coaching and Consultancy Higgins. Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to working together to deliver this amazing project!

We ask everyone to welcome and support these local businesses who are getting behind our community.


Garden City Grant: An edible food forest is coming to Holt! ⭐️ A big shout out, congratulations and thank you to group members Corey Le Mesurier and Arthur Lau who submitted a successful grant application for an ACT Government Community Garden Grant 2021-22. The successful grant of approx $7,500 is to establish a food forest garden as part of the Holt Community Micro-Forest initiative. The grant was submitted in conjunction with Capital Region Community Services.

The food forest garden will use sustainable gardening techniques to develop a layered forest of edible plants for the community. The initiative will be led by Corey and Arthur, and will be intertwined with the Holt Micro-Forest project. The food forest will also be reflected in the Micro-Forest landscape design currently being drafted by The Climate Factory. An online community consultation session will be held via zoom on Sunday 24 October from 4 - 5.30 pm. The session will focus on introducing the food forest concept and then discussing species selection and community values to translate into design priorities.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Topic: Holt Micro-Forest: community consultation on Food Forest
Time: Oct 24, 2021 04:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Meeting ID: 896 6076 5840
Passcode: 813592


Our First Community Consultation Session: Thank you everyone who attended our Online Community Consultation session on Sunday 1 August at 4 pm via Zoom (and thank you Liesl Codrington - Social Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement and Edwina The Climate Factory for facilitating the session). This picture below is of the mural we created throughout the session - capturing pictures and ideas for the Micro-Forest. At the end of the session each participant was allocated 5 votes to help identify the priorities. The written report from this session is now available on our website on the Resources Page.
And if anyone would like to chat further about the session please reach out to

Keeping our park safe and clean! Would you like to help keep our Holt Micro-Forest and Food Garden site safe and clean (the Boyle playground and green-space)? Why not join our clean up team! All you will need to do is walk or jog around the park semi-regularly to pick up rubbish. Your kit will be provided to you. Kids gloves are also available! Email to find out more.

Our Next Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser: Our Bunnings fundraiser in July raised over $1400 towards our Micro-Forest. Our next fundraiser event at Bunnings Belconnen is scheduled for Sunday 12 December this year. We are seeking community volunteers to help out with a shift on the day, please email if you can assist! The additional funding will help add more features to our Micro-Forest such as additional seating and signage in and around our Micro-Forest and Food Garden. Thank you to community member Silvia Ugrinic for organising this again. 

Upcoming Events

Sunday 24 October 4 pm - 5.30 pm via Zoom. Food Forest Community Consultation. 

Sunday 21 November 2 - 4 pm Cafe Stepping Stone. Community Catch Up. 
Please swing by between 2 and 4 pm, and join us for a cuppa and a chat at Cafe Stepping Stone 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt! Crowd-funding reward packs will be available for collection for those people who donated to our campaign in June and haven't yet received their pack.

Sunday 12 December. Bunnings Belconnen BBQ fundraising event.

Micro-Forest Project Timeline

We are aiming to establish the Micro-Forest and Nature Play space in 2021 and 2022, the indicative timeline for the project is as follows.
May be an image of text that says 'HOLT MICRO- FOREST Funding Confirmed July 2021 Community Consultation Session Aug 2021 Circulate Draft Consultation Report Sept 2021 Design Process Sept to Oct 2021 Circulate Draft Design Nov 2021 High-level Timeline Sept 2021 Order Plants Nov 2021 Obtain Formal Approvals By Feb 2022 Complete Earthworks March 2022 Hold Planting Days April, May, June 2022'

  • Funding and scope confirmed - July 2021
  • Community consultation and landscape design process - July to October 2021
  • Establish plant list and order plants - October 2021
  • Water harvesting design process - November 2021
  • Landscape plan distributed - December 2021
  • Formal approvals obtained - February 2022
  • Earthworks completed - March 2022
  • Community Planting Day 1 - April 2022 
  • Community Planting Day 2 - May 2022
  • Community Planting Day 3 - June 2022


This project would not be possible without the support of some wonderful community minded businesses and individuals. Thank you to the sponsors that have joined us in the journey so far.

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:
Kippax Fair Shopping Centre
Light House Architecture and Science
Bardsley Books
The Garden Detailer
Bronze Sponsors:
Wattlebird Canberra
Home By Holly
Chatime Belconnen
Greengold Nursery
Higgins Chemist
Milestone Lifecoaching and Consultancy
Partners and supporters:
The Climate Factory
City Services
Capital Region Community Services
Orienteering ACT
Ginninderra Catchment Group 
Finesse Beauty Salon Forde
Silvia Ugrinic IReadTarot
Weemala Natural Farms

*Landcare Group* The Holt Micro-Forest is a Landcare Group and member of the Ginninderra Catchment Group. You can read more about this on the Catchment Group's website.  This means we have access to some great skills, resources, expertise and networks as we establish our forest, and our activities are also covered through public liability insurance.


You can find more information, including a list of FAQs, on our website at or you can email us at

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Holt Micro-Forest · The proposed location of our Micro-Forest is the Boyle Place Playground · Holt, ACT 2615 · Australia

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