Planting mini forests. Everywhere. 



So what's the BIG idea?

It's simple...the best ones always are

Take brownfield sites, plant them densely with a wide variety of native seedlings, and let them grow with minimal intervention. The result is a complex ecosystem perfectly suited to local conditions that improve biodiversity, grow quickly and absorb more CO2

Dense copses bursting with biodiversity can thrive in areas the size of a tennis court.

 

Known as 'Miyawaki' forests, the trees grow more quickly and absorb more CO2 than plantations grown for timber
 

The Miyawaki Method

The Miyawaki method The method is based on the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. He found that protected areas around temples, shrines and cemeteries in Japan contained a huge variety of native vegetation that co-existed to produce resilient and diverse ecosystems. This contrasted with the conifer forests – non-indigenous trees grown for timber – that dominated the landscape. 

His work developed into the Miyawaki method – an approach that prioritizes the natural development of forests using native species. 

Measurable Benefits of Tiny Forests 
Growing Tiny Forests in Northern Europe are a new idea, as a result data on the benefits is still being compiled. The Tiny Forest in Zaanstad (Netherlands) is 4 years old and has published the following results:- 

 Carbon absorbed is up to 30X better when compared to other tree growing schemes. 

 595 different species of plants and animals inhabit the forest. 

 Due to the dense planting, noise reduction in 30X better than other tree planting schemes. 

 30,000 litres of rain water has been processed. 

We will be monitoring the research undertaken by Wageningen University as the forest matures. 


Physical Characteristics of Tiny Forest (Miyawaki Method) 

 Most common native species in the region 

 Only contains native trees and shrubs. 

 Soil has been treated where necessary. 

 At least 25 different tree species. 

 3 to 5 trees per square meter. 

 Leave all organic matter to decay on site. 

 At least a 4 meter depth of uninterrupted forest . 

 Mulch layer 15cm deep. 

 Enclosed with a fence for 2 years to protect saplings. 

Dream For Trees will be flexible when developing sites dependant on inputs required and resources available. 

Links we have found Interesting and Useful

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/tiny-urban-forests-miyawaki-biodiversity-carbon-capture/

 

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/12/world/ticking-time-bomb/

 

https://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/guides/article/Planting-bare-root-whips

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/04/going-wild-the-radical-green-plans-for-nottingham-post-covid-regeneration-aoe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/26/climate-crisis-making-autumn-leaves-fall-earlier-study-finds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

https://www.greatdixter.co.uk/house-and-estate/biodiversity/biodiversity-audit/