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It was May 1994, 20 years ago when we found this promised land we now call Woodfordia. It was an
operating dairy farm at the time and those of us closely involved with the festival knew the critical risks
we were taking but probably unaware of the difficult path ahead. While it was never going to be easy, just
constructing required infrastructure for a medium size town, the Woodford Folk Festival, was beyond our
Part of the notion underpinning the purchase was that we folkies didn’t want to just sing about the
environmental destruction surrounding us, it was a chance to get our hands dirty and adopt a more positive
The Tree Planting Weekend was created because our organisation couldn’t afford the costs of re-vegetating
the land. The idea was that if our patrons at the Woodford `Folk Festival could sponsor a $5 tree, then pay to
come to a weekend and work during the day and party at night we could get more trees into the ground than
an annual 100 or so recommended by experts. It had to be cost neutral to the organisation.
We honoured every sponsored tree and the plan worked. While we knew we couldn’t look after the thousands
of trees we’d plant, many would survive without help. So they have. This weekend has transformed
Woodfordia from a tidy dairy farm to an emerging people’s parkland of some beauty.
But The Planting has delivered much more than trees, understory, mass weeding and scores of other
vegetation outcomes. It has more importantly built a community of carers who ‘own’ Woodfordia. This
ownership of what Woodfordia is, has itself seeded environmental responsibility across our festival culture.
Tens of thousands have been involved now who’s collective contribution has embedded an environmental
ethic in Woodfordia’s DNA. It has changed the Woodford Folk Festival and positively affected everyone who
As the need for mass community tree plantings diminish, our planting festival is changing. We’ve reduced
the number of community plantings to just one each morning and while we very much hope you can join the
throng for those, our programme of events has widened and we’re enthusiastically setting a new course;
broader and deeper that aims to honour those words – plant seed grow ideas.
Welcome to The Planting 2014.
Bill Hauritz AM
PMB 2 Woodford Qld 4514
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
We wish to acknowledge the
contribution of photographs
from Kai Wasikowski and Helen
Schwencke for this publication.
The traditional Custodians
for Woodfordia 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
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