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Holt Micro-forest News

Welcome to the first edition of Holt Micro-Forest news. This weekly newsletter will keep you up to date on the progress that has been made and what is coming up in the journey to create a Micro-Forest and nature based playground in Holt for the local community to enjoy.


Crowdfunding drive: The crowd funding campaign to raise funds for the project was launched on 1 June with a goal to raise $20,000 to help kick off this project. To date the community has raised an impressive $16,365. You can still donate until 11.30 pm on 30 June and every dollar counts in helping the project to reach our initial goal and beyond. Remember it’s an “all or nothing” crowdfunding campaign, which means if we don’t reach our tipping point of $20,000 we won’t receive any of the pledges.

Our tipping point of $20,00 will cover the landscape and water harvesting design, earthworks and the planting of 1,500 native points. Raising $45,000 will enable us to incorporate our stretch goals of nature play, seating, signage and edible gardens.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit the crowd funding page at

Community information stalls: Stalls have been held at Holt Shops (11 June) and Kippax Fair (20 June), raising awareness about the project amongst the local community. The stalls were well attended and the concept has been enthusiastically received! 

Upcoming Events

We will be holding a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Belconnen on 11 July from 9.30 am -4.30 pm. While we have already lined up a number of volunteers to cook and hand out the sausages on the day, we can always use more! If you can help out, please send us an email at 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

Thank you to all the community supporters and volunteers who are helping turn the Micro-Forest vision into a reality! So many people in the community are working hard to help to make this happen and it couldn’t happen without you!


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.

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
City Services
Capital Region Community Services
Orienteering ACT
Ginninderra Catchment Group 
Finesse Beauty Salon Forde
Silvia Ugrinic IReadTarot


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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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