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Donate to plant Tiny Forests

Help us plant hope by creating urban forests that connect people with nature, mitigate climate change impacts, and support urban wildlife habitats.

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Our Tiny Forest program is expanding, and we invite you to donate today to help us create urban forests for biodiversity. Join us in continuing this momentum and promoting nature-based solutions to combat climate change and create habitats for urban wildlife.

Your donation is directly supporting the advancement of nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change. Together, we can create a brighter, greener future for our planet.

The Tiny Forest method is delivering growth rates ten times greater than conventional forest planting methods. Check out the six-month progress images showcasing the incredible development of the tiny forest in Lake Macquarie.

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Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:

Lake Macquarie planted 2023

140 students & community members helped plant in Lake Macquarie, NSW, May 2023.

Two new sites confirmed

Two new sites confirmed: City of Monash, VIC & Ku-ring-gai Council, NSW.

Outdoor learning curriculum

Outdoor learning curriculum developed for teachers to actively engage students.

Monitoring Day at Lake Macquarie

Our first monitoring day took place in Lake Macquarie, NSW, November 2023.

Protecting threatened species

A forest for a threatened ecological community to be planted in Sydney, NSW, May 2024.

Forest planted in Adelaide

Local community members planted a forest in Adelaide, SA, August 2023,.

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Tiny Forest Donors

David Rae
$50.00 2 months ago
Barbara Mirecki
$50.00 2 months ago
Judith Rawlins
$200.00 2 months ago
Anonymous
$100.00 2 months ago
Tony Moorhead
$50.00 3 months ago
Anonymous
$20.00 3 months ago
Katrina Nelson
$500.00 3 months ago
Roslyn WRIGHT
$102.00 3 months ago

How does a Tiny Forest work?

Tiny Forests are densely-packed native patches of bushland, the size of a tennis court. The forests are an oasis for plants, insects, birds and small mammals, and support the wellbeing of people too.
Urban forests play a critical role in maintaining the health and liveability of cities. Trees contribute to the city energy balance through cooling, regulating and cleaning our air and water flows, and ensuring that our often-neglected urban soils function healthily. They provide habitat for our wildlife and are critical for our well-being.
Earthwatch Tiny Forests follow the Miyaki method of planting that promises 10 x the growth rate of other forest planting methods.

The Issue

Human activities are reducing vegetation and canopy cover in cities, resulting in habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss and rising temperatures. Research shows 30% of Australia’s threatened species reside in our cities, and that our broader community doesn’t realise the true value of biodiversity.   

The decline of green canopy also means Australian city dwellers face a much hotter future. Major heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazards, particularly for cities, with a lack of trees causing “heat islands”. This means our cities may become unliveable. With 68% of Australia’s population predicted to live in cities by 2050. The pressure this puts on our built and natural environment is clear.   

There is an urgent need to engage community in biodiversity and re-greening projects to improve knowledge of the important role that backyards and neighbourhoods play in creating an urban forest, connecting our homes and public green space, to cool our cities and form an oasis for all wildlife and our own well-being. 

Addressing this urgency is Earthwatch Tiny Forests, following the Miyawaki method of urban forest planting to encourage accelerated forest growth.

Benefits of a Tiny Forest

Your support allows us to plant urban native forests using the Miyawaki method that promises a growth rate 10 times faster than other urban forest methods.   

Through Earthwatch’s Tiny Forests campaign, we can extend the knowledge of the benefits of Australia’s biodiversity to accelerate urban regeneration in the public and private realms across the country. 

Our goal is to establish Tiny Forests across Australia, engaging the community to monitor those forests over two years. Our ‘Regular Science Days’ allows the community to monitor and quantify the benefits of our Tiny Forests. By engaging people to care for nature, we will build confidence and understanding of the benefits of Australia’s biodiversity so more people plant native species in their backyards and balconies.  

Your donation enables our urban communities at the front line of urban heat island effect to gain the benefits of an urban forest more quickly during this critical decade of action to keep ahead of climate change. 

Image credit: Lake Mac City Council, Neil Keene - Media Lead.