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Byron Shire Permaculture starts it’s first food forest

Designing for the Youth Activities Centre in Byron Bay

The Byron Shire Permaculture Association, which was founded by Geoff Lawton in 2018 has just launched it’s Future Food Forest Project at the Youth Activities Centre (YAC) in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.

On the 10th April 2021 members of the Byron Shire Permaculture Association joined Geoff’s design workshop, where design considerations for the site were outlined. The orientation of the site and it’s proximity to the ocean/salt provided some constraints. However, after considering the slope, solar angle, wind/rainfall averages and management of existing vegetation a design was finalised that could be used to assist a working bee which would start to implement Byron Bays very own food forest one month on.


Byron Design Plan
Byron Bay Food Forest Design Plan

The associations first Perma-Blitz was held on the 15th May 2021. The creation of the food forest commenced. Along with building new friends, building community spirit, resilience and perhaps more importantly a legacy for the youth of Byron Bay.

The team removed most of the old garden plants and small trees, leaving room for larger trees which will be cut from the top by arborists at a later date when the biomas will be chipped into mulch.

Watch this space as more developments unfold over the coming months.

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