Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Forest for the Trees

There was much activity on the corner of Albion and Flinders Streets today. Apart from all the rain and cloud action, we had trees and visitors aplenty.

Yesterday it seemed like an achievement to get two trees in the ground, today we planted considerably more, albeit somewhat smaller.

Here is one very special gardener with a very special delivery: olives, lemon verbena, rosemary, riberry and pecan.

And dianella and lomandra longifolia, the latter whose leaves contain a fibre that can be used in basket-making, weaving and to make string. Their flowers can be eaten raw, or dried and ground to make a flour for dense cakes.

We also planted a variety of citrus: grapefruit, mandarin, lime, lemon, orange and kumquat.

We also planted feijoas, coastal rosemary, lilly pilly, Brazilian guava, Hawaiian guava, avocados, lemon grass, loquat and cherimoya, which Mark Twain described as, "the most delicious fruit known."

With all the rain and planting the ground was getting pretty muddy, so we barrowed some mulch to make a path.

Then we cut down some trees and whittled them into stakes. Ha ha, not likely, although maybe one day the Forest will be abundant enough.

We fastened some hessian tree-tie to them, to support and guard each plant.

Just as the rain cleared, St Michael's Rev Francis Chalwell (right) came to say hello and introduce Bishop Alan Stewart.

And then a little later, Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, Sustainable Cities portfolio, (right) and Tony Hickey, Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Sydney, (middle), came to see the Forest.

Dignitaries abounded, but the really very special guest was a visit by a beautiful native minor bird who danced around the oranges and had us entranced.

As well as updating this blog with the Forest activity, we have been documenting the progress on digital film, which we will edit into a short piece a little later on. Watch this space.


  1. Fantastic!!! the forest is looking so beautiful - well done. I'll pop in and see you tomorrow morning. Hope you all get a good nights sleep after all that hard work - especially you Patrick!
    Anna :-)

  2. Ohhh.........
    How I have been following
    and with holding comment
    but I can not with hold any longer


    You three already know what a fan I am
    how much you inspire
    and how you all constantly raise the bar..

    My heart sings
    it just opens up
    and sings
    when I read
    the action you take.

    ..and for that
    I will dig deeper
    open wider
    look further
    and try harder

    Thank you
    for all that you do

    Thank you.

    x x x

  3. just wonderful - it must feel great to work in a truly future honouring way. good for your head heart and hands.

  4. fabulous!

    if only I were a little closer I'd drop in for a looksee (or lend a hand even!) but I'll have to make do with the blog commentary....

  5. peter O'Mara8 July 2010 at 11:35


    Oh absolutely beautiful, my good friends.

    All your planning (&planting!), consideration and hard work has come together to a remarkable food forest.

    I would think that you all should be well happy.

    And others, including the wattle bird.

    Thanks 4 keeping us posted.