Write a poem – plant a tree!
POEM FOREST is a free Nature Poetry Prize that literally breathes life back into the world that sustains us.
Created by Red Room Poetry, in collaboration with The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students, teachers and communities to create and publish poems inspired by the natural environment. For every poem received, a native tree will be planted in the Australian Botanic Garden to help heal critically endangered habitats and create a POEM FOREST for future generations.
POEM FOREST encourages young people to use their words to make positive climate action through poetry. All POEM FOREST entries will be published and in the running for $5,000 worth of prizes, including $500 cash for each category, book packs from Copyright Agency and Magabala Books, as well as Garden tours, trees and publication opportunities. The growing forest of poems is generously supported by Principal Patron, John B Fairfax, AO.
About the Forest
The critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland once covered most of western Sydney, now it survives in scattered pockets. The Garden has been working to restore the fragmented woodland since the 1980's, and the POEM FOREST will include its three grand tree species: Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus teriricornis), Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) and Narrow-leaved Ironbark (Eucalyptus creba). Our goal is to plant 22,000 trees in three years. Learn more about the Australian PlantBank seeds and trees that will become the forest.
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PoemsCubby House Tree , She-oaked Shores , To the olive tree in Duntroon gardens, Canberra , White Box Rise , Paleep
Partners and Supporters
Generously supported by John B. Fairfax AO, Principal Patron of POEM FOREST
Delivered with Greening our City, Premier’s Priority, funded by the Climate Change Fund