The Ku-ring-gai Council is breaking new ground with the implementation of a unique environmental initiative – Ku-ring-gai’s very first Tiny Forest.

Council is working with Earthwatch Australia in partnership with BUPA to establish our first Tiny Forest. The Tiny Forest will use species found within the Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest (STIF), a Critically Endangered Ecological Community.

This project aims to create a haven for native flora in West Pymble, fostering biodiversity and bringing a touch of nature closer to the village green space.

These tiny forests are essentially densely packed patches of native bushland, roughly the size of a tennis court. What sets them apart is their focus on accelerated growth and rich biodiversity. By using the ‘Miyawaki’ planting method, that includes soil enrichment, diverse indigenous plant selection, and a dense planting structure; Tiny Forests are supercharged for growth.

Compared to traditionally planted forests, these miniature ecosystems can grow up to 10 times faster. Even more impressive, they can harbour a staggering 100 times more biodiversity. This translates to a thriving habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife, in a suburban area.

Preparations are already underway for a community planting day scheduled for mid-June. This is a fantastic opportunity for residents and students to become actively involved in the project. Adults and kids can choose to take part as “tree keepers,” entrusted with the care and wellbeing of the newly planted trees. If you’re interested, you don’t need any special skills – all the information and tools you need to take part will be provided. You can register your interest for more information by emailing hello@earthwatch.org.au

Stay tuned for updates on the exact date for the planting day, and keep an eye on the Tiny Forest website for more information.

Tiny Forest 

West Pymble Village Green 

80 Kendall St, West Pymble 

Planting Day: mid-June. 

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