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Holt Micro-Forest News

Welcome to the 2nd Holt Micro-Forest newsletter. We have a lot of exciting news to share this week! 

Crowdfunding Statistics 29 June 2021

News

Crowdfunding drive: This amazing community has met and exceeded our fundraising target of $20,000! We still have until 11:30 pm Wednesday 30 June to raise more funds which will enable us to meet our stretch goals, such as nature play areas, signage, seating and an edible garden.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit the crowd funding page at https://www.startsomegood.com/holtmicroforest.

Ginninderry presentation and sponsorship: Last week Edwina Robinson from the Climate Factory and Jennifer Bardsley from the Holt Micro-Forest community group presented to Ginninderry. Edwina presented on the Micro-Forest movement in Canberra and the journey in Downer and Watson, and Jennifer talked about our Holt initiative. There was a lot of interest and support from Ginninderry, who have now pledged support as a Gold Sponsor! Thank you Ginninderry!

Local politicians show their support: In the past week, we have been fortunate enough to be able to show Greens MLA Jo Clay, and Liberal MLA Peter Cain around the proposed micro-forest site. It is wonderful to have their support for this local community initiative 

Holt Micro-Forest Community members meet with Greens MLA Jo Clay
Holt Micro-Forest Community members meet with Liberal MLA Peter Cain

Upcoming Events

A reminder that the fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Belconnen is on Sunday 11 July from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. If you can help out on the day, please send us an email at info@holtmicroforest.com or comment on the group's Facebook page.

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.

  • Funding and scope confirmed - July 2021
  • Community consultation and landscape design process - August/September 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
Images of Holt Micro-Forest community members

Thank you once again to all the community supporters and volunteers, thanks to you, and to all our generous sponsors, we will be able to make the Holt Micro-Forest a reality!

Sponsors

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:
Ginninderry

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
 
Partners and supporters:
The Climate Factory
Treecreate
City Services
Capital Region Community Services
Orienteering ACT
Ginninderra Catchment Group 
Finesse Beauty Salon Forde
Silvia Ugrinic IReadTarot

Shout out to Ginninderra Catchment Group

Thank you to Ginninderra Catchment Group who have not only supported our Crowdfunding campaign, they have also kindly donated some native plants for our information stalls and planting. In addition they have provided some sample native edibles that were incorporated into rewards in the Crowdfunding campaign. Yes, green ant marmalade!

The Holt Micro-Forest is now a Landcare Group and member of the Catchment Group. You can read more this here https://ginninderralandcare.org.au/about-us/membership/

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.

Questions?

You can find more information, including a list of FAQs, on our web site at www.holtmicroforest.com or you can email us at info@holtmicroforest.com

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