Join us for a fabulous community day of planting and more to support the growth and sustainability of our region’s unique flora and fauna.
Join us for the Tweed’s largest community tree planting, cultural and nature care event at Kynnumboon in the beautiful Tweed Valley, overlooked by Wollumbin.
3.2 hectares of Kynnumboon is being regenerated with more than 10,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers to grow the rainforest supporting the Tweed’s unique biodiversity and bring back a variety of fauna, especially the flying-fox.
In-between planting take a guided walk through remnant riparian rainforest, explore the Museum on Wheels Kynnumboon exhibition, hear stories about the little animals who visit the forest, grab a snack and enjoy the view, and more.
Beverley Fairley’s family has owned a farm on the Rous River at Kynnumboon near Murwillumbah since 1862 when her great grandfather Joshua Bray settled there. The river and its forest formed the backdrop to 3 generations of Beverley’s family.
In 2022 Kynnumboon was selected as the site for Council’s Bringing back flying-fox habitat to the Kynnumboon floodplain project, an 8-year project that involves planting 10,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers on ex-cane land to create rainforest and wetland habitat on the bank of the Rous River.
This project is part of the Flying-fox Habitat Restoration Program assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust in association with Local Government NSW.
Activities to enjoy
Planting and mulching | 9 am – 1.30 pm
Plants and mulch will be ready to go, and holes will be pre-dug on a few different locations across the property. We will supply equipment however to help us out we encourage you to bring gloves, shovel, mulch fork, good footwear, hat and bucket for planting and mulching.
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony | 9.30 am – 10 am
Tweed Regional Museum on Wheels Kynnumboon Exhibition | 9 am – 2 pm
See exquisite historical images of Kynnumboon forest, home, life and people through the ages.
Storytelling Adventures in the Little Forest | 10 am – 1.30 pm
Sit down with Beverley Fairley and hear about the wonderful diverse creatures that visit the Kynnumboon from Adventures in the Little Forest, a children’s book written by Beverley and illustrated by Leith Walton.
Guided walks through the remnant riparian rainforest | 10 am – 1 pm
Enjoy a walking, sharing and learning experience through the forest with Dave Conder, Ecologist and Field Botanist and Judy Lamos descendant of Joshua Bray both heavily involved with Kynnumboon and the regeneration project.
Tweed Shire Council’s Native Plants and Wildlife Stall | 9 am – 2 pm
Learn more about our spectacular environment and creating native gardens to invite the natural world into your own backyard. Find out what local native plant species are important to our region’s biodiversity from the coast to the hinterlands and how you can support sustainability of our flora and fauna.
Food and Drinks by Tram 88 | 9 am – 2 pm
Purchase some warm and tasty food, treats, coffee, tea and other drinks from locals Jodi and Rachael owners of TRAM 88 and enjoy as you picnic surrounded by stunning views.
What to bring
- Gloves, shovel, mulch fork, good footwear, hat and bucket to help with the planting otherwise you can use ours.
- Picnic blanket or chairs to enjoy the scenery while you rest and have refreshments.
- Food you’d like to share
Parking, Access and Amenities
- On-street parking is available along Numinbah Road. We recommend gathering your people and carshare to the event. For those who need accessible parking, please contact the event host.
- Unisex toilets onsite including an accessible toilet.
- Water and sunscreen will be available.
- Food and drinks will be available.
Image 1: Planting day participants.
Image 2: A boat on the Rous River in 1928, with Hugh and Max Barnby onboard. Bray’s scrub can be seen to the right. Photo credit: A. Barny. Image courtesy of Beverley Fairley.
Image 3: Image of Kynnumboon in June 2023 revegetated cane fields ready for more planting.