Poem - Forest - Banner - 2021

leaves rustle with the wind
forever whispering
as if they have a secret to tell.
~ Jamie, Year 7, Picton High School

POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us.

Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic GardenPOEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to create and publish poems inspired by the natural environment. For every poem received a tree will be planted at Mount Annan to help heal 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. 

Competition closes 17 September 2021

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.

Partners and Supporters
Generously supported by John B. Fairfax AO, Principal Patron of POEM FOREST.

  • Australian Council of the Arts

  • Create NSW

  • Australian Botanic Garden

  • Graeme Wood Foundation

  • Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

  • Magabala Books