18 April 2016 Visit the Frugal Forest

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18 April 2016 Visit the Frugal Forest

Imagine wandering through a magical rainforest and revelling in the beauty of the trees and plants and the calls of the wildlife, then taking a closer look and realising that everything - down to the last leaf and the last birdcall - has been intricately crafted from everyday waste that we usually throw away. 

You will have the chance to enjoy this unique experience then ‘The Frugal Forest’ free exhibition goes on show in the Theatre Foyer at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus from May 2-6.


Created over three years by not-for profit group Frugal Arts Inc with the help of artists, musicians, students and community across the Mid North Coast, the project involved over 6,000 hours of handwork and had more than 1170 participants.


As a member of Midwaste, Coffs Harbour City Council has supported the development of the Frugal Forest, which comes to Coffs Harbour Education Campus to provide workshops, free online education resources for schools, and a very unique educational and sensory experience.


Why build a forest? Bryony Anderson, co-director of the project with Chay Khamsone, says that it’s been a way to talk about the idea of a circular economy in a way that’s positive and fun. “We see it as a challenge,” she said. “In a world of dwindling resources and a growing waste problem, waste is a big opportunity. An ecosystem like a forest provides the perfect analogy for this idea. In a forest, nothing is wasted and there is no such thing as a dump. Every scrap is digested and reinvented to become an opportunity for new life, in a circular and endlessly sustainable system.” 


You can learn more at frugalforest.oneoffmakery.net.au or find them on Facebook at Frugal Forest.


Primary Schools and groups can book a free workshop by contacting chay@oneoffmakery.net.au before April 22.

Entry to the Frugal Forest is free and the exhibition is open from 8am to 7pm daily May 2-6.




The visit of the Frugal Forest also coincides with the 20th Coffs Harbour Waste Conference which will be held at Opal Cove Resort from May 3-5.


Featuring nearly 100 presenters from across Australia and overseas, the conference is well-established as the country’s premier national waste management forum. Delegates include waste processors, recyclers, academics, educators, consultants and local government staff.