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Mill Road Pocket Forest

The Mill Road Pocket Forest is a bush fire recovery project that uses fire safer plants and design principles and combines ornamental, exotic, native plants to create a community green space.

Mill Road Pocket Forest

Mill Road Pocket Forest

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The Mill Road Pocket Forest is a bush fire recovery project that uses fire safer plants and design principles and combines ornamental, exotic, native and local native plants to create a community green space.

The park encourages people to visit with their friends and family, relax and chat, and have robust, nuanced conversations about the increasingly urgent issues emerging around gardening, the environment; climate change and bush fires. The hope is to inspire community discussion about actions we can take both collectively and individually.

The project aims to:

  • Create an attractive entrance statement on the main tourism route between Lenswood and Lobethal

  • Build community resilience by engaging volunteers with planting and maintaining the 'Pocket Forest'

  • Recognise and acknowledge the work of first responders in saving the mill and the town of Lobethal during the 2019 Cuddlee Creek Fires

  • Incorporate artworks such as 'Where the Eagle Soars' that tell the story of the community experience of the 2019 Cuddlee Creek Fires and encourage reflection and healing.

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The Mill Road Pocket Forest is located on the corner of Mill Road and Adelaide-Lobethal Road, in Lobethal, South Australia.

Situated on approximately 1500 square metres of land, the Pocket Forest is directly behind the heritage listed Onkaparinga Woollen Mills. A key feature of the site is the disused Mill Chimney.

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