This not-for-profit community project is connecting communities in the Byron Shire and surrounds through a deeper engagement with the joy of ecological restoration. A series of native seed propagation workshops in schools and with disability service providers in late 2022 culminated in the free community festival on Saturday 4 March, 2023, at the Mullum SEED Eco Hub, home of the beautiful Mullumbimby Community Garden. This was followed by a successful multi-school tree-planting in Mullumbimby on Byron Shire Council land. A key part of the project plan is to engage children in the positive cycle of propagating seeds, nurturing seedlings, planting trees and watching forests grow.
An unashamedly optimistic project, it builds on and celebrates the work of many individuals and groups to address climate change and restore degraded ecosystems. The events are taking place on Bundjalung country, and indigenous people are integrally involved in planning. In collaboration with partners, the project was conceived and is coordinated by Dr Ray Moynihan, a globally respected journalist, author, and academic.
A new and exciting series of workshops is about to start, funded by the Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy and Rekindle Foundation.
Seed Propagation Workshops and Student Tree-Plantings
Workshops have been enthusiastically received across public primary schools at Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Eureka, Goonengerry, Upper Coopers Creek, and Main Arm. Other workshops took place with people with disabilities at REDinc, and the Byron Bay Herb Nursery.
The workshops were delivered by staff from the highly respected Firewheel Rainforest Nursery, which has been involved in many tree-planting and regeneration projects over several decades. Film-maker Damon Gameau attended the Byron Bay workshop and was a key speaker at the Regeneration event, Saturday 4 March, 2023.
A highly successful multi-school student tree-planting took place on March 15, on land managed by the Byron Shire Council. We are in discussion with Byron Shire Council about other possible sites and funding is being sought for future plantings.
View the seed propagation workshop
We have amazing organizations already existing in Australia, like Landcare, like wildlife rescuers…. and I’d encourage everybody to participate.