In 2006, we acquired 95 acres (36.91 hectares) of land in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales for a Buddhist Monastery and a Community Retreat Centre. The land was in a degraded state with invasive trees and weeds. Our aim since arriving has been to restore the subtropical rainforest that originally covered this region of Australia.
More than 98% of the original subtropical rainforest in the surrounding area has been cleared since European settlement, leaving only small pockets of remnant rainforest. These sites are special as they contain endangered plants and animals. Our aim is to concentrate on the restoration of the subtropical rainforest, providing the habitat for the native fauna so that Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery becomes a wildlife sanctuary as well as functioning as a Vipassana retreat centre.
With the help of volunteers and some grants, we have succeeded so far in planting 8,000 trees since 2006. While most have been rainforest trees, we have also planted Koala food trees to give refuge to the local Koala population.
As the founder and resident monk of Bodhi Tree, I'm appealing to you for help us cover the cost of the materials: seedlings, fertilisers, mulch, and stakes needed for 2,000 trees, which will be planted by volunteers in the spring of 2019. This material will cost approximately $AUS 6,500. So any and every contribution to help us plant these trees is greatly appreciated! If we are going to help the planet to survive, we urgently need to plant more trees and invite you to join us!