Plumwood Visit with Photo Access - April, 2022

Plumwood Mountain is a remote bush property in the southern tablelands of NSW, located approximately half an hour’s drive from the nearby town of Braidwood. Occupying the unceded lands and waters of the Walbunja peoples of the Yuin Nation.

Situated on top of the coastal escarpment, Plumwood Mountain shares tall eucalypt (E. fastigata) and ancient ‘Plumwood’ (Eucryphia moorei) forests with the neighbouring Budawang and Monga National Parks. Hosting a diversity of temperate rainforest and dry sclerophyll communities, Plumwood is home to the greater glider, the common wombat, the superb lyrebird, and funnel web spiders – among a variety of other creatures.

In 1974, ecofeminist philosopher Dr. Val Plumwood moved to Plumwood Mountain with her partner at the time, Richard Sylvan. Together with logician friends and ANU students, Val and Richard hand-built an octagonal stone house from rock quarried onsite. After Val’s death in 2008, a trust was formed to take care of the house and surrounding 120 hectares of forest. Surrounded by Val’s ever-colourful gardens, the stone house still includes an impressive library of books and artefacts, as well as the occasional microbat and antechinus. Onsite caretakers and a small committee currently oversee the management of Plumwood Mountain.

Thank you to Photo Access for allowing me the opportunity to document Plumwood.