A community forest of 2400 native trees has sprung into life at The Farm Byron Bay, as part of a unique project led by Zero Emissions Byron.
Zero Emissions Byron is a volunteer organisation who aim to reduce Byron Shire emissions to zero by 2025 to combat climate change. Drawing carbon into trees and the soil are key solutions, so part of their emissions reduction strategy is to plant 1.8 million trees in the Byron Shire by 2025 through their RePlant Byron project.
The project has involved community members directly in a fun and hands-on way, giving locals the opportunity to buy a tree and then get their hands dirty by helping with the mass planting. As The Farm has over half a million annual visitors, the planting will have high visibility for local community members and visitors to the region, raising awareness of tree-planting as a practical and long-term solution to climate change. As the trees grow, people take a stroll through the community forest, enjoy a picnic, and children can look out for the birds, animals and insects who will slowly return to call the forest home.
A free Regenerative Agriculture workshop is also in the pipeline, to continue involving the community directly in a fun and practical way as part of this project.
Supported by a NRCF Community Grant, the project has also received funding through the Richmond Community Environment Grants program, community donors and a generous donation from original Farm owners, Tom and Emma Lane.
“Planting trees is one of Zero Emissions Byron’s key emissions-reduction projects along with raising awareness of electric transport options, encouraging solar and battery take-up and community energy projects, working towards zero carbon buildings, reducing landfill waste to zero and encouraging regenerative agriculture practices” said Vicki Brooke, Chair of Zero Emissions Byron.
“NRCF’s support is a strong and practical recognition of the importance of our tree-planting project. We are thrilled to be associated with the NRCF on this community project that meets the aims of both our organisations,” she added.