Tiny Forests and the Rewilding Revolution
What is Urban Rewilding?
…the strategic deployment of rewilding initiatives across the urban landscape can help urban ecosystems recover multiple ecological processes and interactions, including trophic interactions; boost a number of ecosystem functions; and increase overall ecosystem resilience
So How Do We Actually Do Rewilding?
This unexpected success provided the inspiration for Indian engineer Shubhendu Sharma who translated this into what is known as Tiny Forest concept.
The Tiny Forest Concept
“There is minimal interference once the plants and trees have been seeded. Over time ecosystems develop that take on lives of their own. The forests also serve as small carbon sinks, each capturing an average of 127.5 kilograms of CO2 per year, which could double as the forest matures. They also provide a cooling effect. Researchers found soil temperatures were up to 20 degrees Celsius lower than on nearby streets.“
Recent research shows that children who spent a lot of time in nature, grow up to be healthy, happy and creative adults, that want to contribute to society. This alone must be reason enough to green our cities and urban environments as much as we can.
FURTHER INFORMATION and SOURCES:
BBC’s People Fixing the World by Richard Kenny and Anna Holligan.
IVN’s Tiny Forests Project