Due to COVID-19 we have postponed all face-to-face events for the time being. You may still like to start planning your Nature for Neighbourhoods project for when we can come together in person again.
By running your own Nature for Neighbourhoods project, you can bring your community together to make your local area amazingly greener.
You're joining a huge movement of people right across Australia who are connecting new people to nature, sharing the wonder of watching things grow, and experiencing the power of speaking up for what matters.
With this huge movement of nature lovers from all walks of life, together we can shift the politics and fix the systems that are destroying nature – all while boosting biodiversity in our towns and cities.
Ready to get started?
- Check out the five simple steps below for ideas on how a local nature for neighbourhoods event.
- Join us at a webinar and connect with the ACF Nature Network on Facebook to find out more, share ideas and ask questions. (If you've already RSVPed for the webinar, you should have an email in your inbox with all the details).
- Check out the full toolkit for inspiration and all the details! (We've also just emailed you a copy!)
Get some dirt under your fingernails with these five simple steps
Read the full Nature for Neighbourhoods toolkit
The possibilities for bringing nature into your neighbourhood are endless! You might plant native butterfly-attracting flowers right along your street's nature strip. Create wildlife corridors with planter boxes to connect the balconies in your neighbourhood. Seed a pocket park or a vibrant nature play area for your neighbourhood's wildlife and children.
Have a read, chat to your neighbours and start planning!
Step 1: Make a plan
Discover nature and your community. Chat with your neighbours. Have a look around your neighbourhood together – what natural spaces and projects exist? Are there local groups already restoring nature that you can reach out to?
Decide on your project. Greening nature strips, making a frog bog, creating habitat havens … what you do is up to you! Pick a day and location for the first working bee
Find out what to plant and where you can source plants from
Be safe. Identify risks in your activity and how you will manage them
Include follow-up activities in your plan, for a fortnight or month after your event – like a cup of tea together, a weeding day, or a nature walk
Write a task list – along with who will do what!
Step 2: Invite your neighbours
- Register your event
Promote, promote, promote! Talk to your community, put up posters, use social and online media
Remind your neighbours who sign up about your event and what to bring
Step 3: Run the event
- Make sure you have everything you need – like drinking water, sunscreen, first aid, tools
Welcome everyone and consider starting with an Acknowledgement of Country. Give everyone clear instructions so they know what to do
- Take note of how many people attend, and invite them to your follow-up event/s
- Take some photos and video
- Ask people to fill in a simple survey – what they liked and didn’t like, how the event could be improved
Step 4: Let us know how you're going
- Share photos or short videos with the ACF Nature Network
- Send us your host evaluation and your participants’ evaluations
Join our monthly webinars and share your journey with others like you across the country
Step 5: Keep it up!
Invite everyone to your next event – you could even invite them to be part of organising and running it. This could be a cup of tea, a watering and weeding session, a nearby nature walk, further planting days – the possibilities are endless!