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When our organisation bought the land here at Woodford (Woodfordia) in 1994, it was a dairy
farm. It was a perfect block, we felt, for the Woodford Folk Festival and a playground for us to
develop ideas we had to ﬂow into future generations.
At our Maleny Folk Festival prior to that, we started The Greenhouse venue. The Folk Movement
and the then emerging Green Movement had a lot in common. We folkies protested in song
about the destruction of the environment and the greenies were actually trying to do something
about it. The greenies got their hands dirty while we folkies got sore tonsils. It seemed to us that
it was a marriage made in the forest.
At Woodford, we had to not just sing about the forest, we had an opportunity, indeed a
responsibility to plant one. We came up with the idea of The Tree-Planting Weekend ... we could
do both; sing and plant the forest. This weekend became not just a weekend of frivolity and
working bees, it became a core part of how we see our future here at Woodford. Since then we
have planted 80,000 trees. It has transformed our 500 acres from a dairy farm to an untidy but
beautiful parkland dedicated to the arts, humanities and folklore. Already we see beauty from
our work and we imagine the incredible gift we are creating for future generations.
The Tree Planting has evolved into ‘The Planting’, which continues to contribute to the
Woodford site along with contributions we can make in a broader sense. We’ll keep the singing
and we’ll branch out from trees to understory, sedges, ferns, orchids, bamboos and get excited
by the incredible diversity of native ﬂora. Then there’s the world of our co-citizens of Woodfordia
– the wildlife.
On behalf of everyone behind the scenes, welcome to The Planting and remember that we can
bake our cake and eat it too.
Bill Hauritz AM
Queensland Folk Federation Inc
Site Environmental Projects 2
PMB 2 Woodford Qld 4154
P: 07 5496 1066 F: 07 5496 3196
The Planting is organised by
the Queensland Folk Federation
Incorporated, a community
based non-profit organisation
whose object is to foster the folk
This Programme Booklet has
been printed on Recycled Paper
Our traditional Custodians are
members of the Jinibara Nation.
The Jinibara people are the
registered Native Title Claimants
for the Woodford area and are
comprised of the descendents of
Fanny Mason known as Jowalmel
who was born in the 1840’s at
Woodford and Johnny McKenzie
known as Wangiramu born in
1826 near Kilcoy. Jinibara Nation
representative Noel Blair will be
joining us at The Planting.
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