Partner With Us Opportunities Tiny Forests Tiny forests Earthwatch Australia is partnering with researchers and social enterprises across Australia to deliver tiny forests, an accelerated and intensive planting process to bring biodiversity back into our cities. Urban forests play a critical role in maintaining the health and liveability of cities, increasing a city's resilience. 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. And people from communities and companies will be engaged in Earthwatch's global research program, as citizen scientists. Interested in getting involved? We’re seeking expressions of interest from: Councils and land owners with land suitable for a tiny forest Corporates and Philanthropists wanting to invest in tiny forests Property developers interested in including a tiny forest in their projects Contact Us Don’t fit into any of those boxes? You can still help. Our tiny forests appeal is accepting donations big and small (or tiny!). Donate Here How it works Using a methodology developed by Dr Miyawaki in the 1970s, tiny forests are densely packed native plantings, approximately the size of a tennis court. They focus on indigenous, dense plantation to accelerate forest growth. We believe they can make a real difference in Australia Using no chemicals or fertilisers, the technique sprouts low management wildlife oases. In addition to providing a home for our plants, insects, birds and small mammals, they support the wellbeing of people in our cities. They serve as inspiring outdoor learning classrooms and a point of social connection for local communities. Communities, corporate employees, teachers and students will be engaged in planting, maintaining and ongoing scientific monitoring of the forests to establish and quantify the benefits they provide. By actively partaking in the success of the forests, we can improve the communities value and perception of trees and biodiversity, creating stewards for their ongoing conservation. Why do it? Human activities are reducing vegetation and canopy cover in cities, resulting in habitat fragmentation, species extinction, biodiversity loss and rising temperatures. Research shows that our cities hold substantially more threatened species than our non-urban areas, 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 places 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.