The Botanical Inspiration
There are many countries, cities, and towns within Europe that are longing for the natural world to make its appearance again. Initiatives like Urban Forests in both Belgium and France and the Tiny Forest Initiative in Holland are now spending their days combating the climate emergency and bringing the natural world back into our urban lives. They are doing this thanks to the world of renowned Japanese botanist, Akira Miyawaki.
Indigenous And Native Species
Back in 1970, Miyakwaki discovered that plants thrived in places where their species were indigenous. They were not only able to grow much faster and healthier, but they were also able to help enrich the soil and help the biodiversity in the region. When he learned that only 0.06% of the forests in Japan had indigenous trees and plants, he set about to change that, and planted native trees alongside them.
Doing The Same
Now, organizations across Europe are doing the same. They are creating tiny forests of indigenous plants and trees and packing them in a very dense way “in order to favor cooperation between the species.” By doing this, they will allow the forests to grow much more efficiently, and capture more CO2 from the surrounding area. Alongside this, they should also be able to create more pollinators for bees and birds, and offer new homes for the animals in the area.
Biodiversity is incredibly important, and these guys are doing their bit to promote that.