Baldivis Children's Forest Western AustraliaThe Baldivis Children’s Forest has grown from a single schools tree planting day to a year round project with enough corporate funding to employ two part time staff.
Baldivis Children’s Forest is located in the semi rural town of Baldivis approximately 60 kilometres south of Perth. A site that spans 20 hectares, it encompasses what remains of the Tuart Woodlands and a portion of the heritage listed Outridge Swamp.
Revegetation activities have been taking place at the Baldivis Children’s Forest for eight years. It was originally chosen as a Schools Tree Day site because concerned school children wanted to preserve some of the local environment that was being cleared for housing.
The project has since grown from a single schools tree planting day to a year round project with enough corporate funding to employ two part time staff. In 2007, 900 children from 12 schools joined dozens of teachers and a host of community volunteers to plant more than 2, 800 seedlings.
With help from local Government and community groups such as Landcare and the Baldivis Bush Fire Brigade, students and teachers undertake year round site maintenance including watering and weed control. In 2007, tree planting took place over ten days, eight of which were registered with National Tree Day.
The Forest provides food and shelter to many different animals including the western grey kangaroo, southern brown bandicoot and 25 different species of reptiles. In 2005 a capital works program commenced and has seen walking tracks, fencing, toilets, a barbeque and outdoor classroom and amphitheatre constructed allowing the community to enjoy the environment they have worked so hard to sustain. Year round Nyoongar cultural workshops and school activity days focus on environmental conservation, science, the Arts and Aboriginal culture.