The Miyawaki Method is a reforestation technique developed by Akira Miyawaki,
a Japanese botanist.
The method emphasizes densely planting a diverse range of native plant species, representing multiple layers, promoting rapid growth, and creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Miyawaki forests can mature within a few years.
These forests are resilient, require minimal maintenance, and have been successful in restoring degraded lands worldwide.
We believe that involving the community is key to the success of our forests. Through educational initiatives and voluntary opportunities, we empower residents, schools, and local businesses to participate actively to create and maintain these green spaces. By doing so we foster a sense of ownership and pride in our shared environment.
Miyawaki forests play a crucial role in promoting soil stability and preventing soil erosion. The technique prioritises deep-rooted native plant species. These roots penetrate and link the soil, forming a network of interconnected roots that resist wind and water erosion. Miyawaki woods prevent soil erosion with deep-rooted plants, dense vegetation, and nutrient-rich soil. They stabilise the ecosystem, preserve soil, and support sustainable land management.
By reintroducing indigenous plant species, these forests help to revive and conserve native biodiversity that may have been lost due to urbanization or land degradation. Miyawaki forests act as mini-ecosystems, providing shelter, food, and breeding grounds for numerous plant and animal species. The dense canopy and diverse understory plants create a mosaic of microhabitats, attracting a rich array of organisms. Birds, insects, small mammals, and countless other creatures find refuge and resources within these biodiverse forests.
Access to green spaces has been proven to enhance physical and mental well-being. Our Miyawaki forests offer a retreat from the urban hustle, providing tranquil spaces for relaxation and social interaction. We envision a world where every neighbourhood has a vibrant green space within walking distance.
Miyawaki forests lower urban temperatures by providing shade, reducing heat absorption, and creating cooler microclimates. The dense canopy intercepts sunlight, minimizing heat buildup in the surroundings. Varying plant heights and foliage densities improve air circulation, while transpiration cools the air through water vapor release. These forests mitigate the urban heat island effect, combat heatwaves, and enhance the comfort of urban residents.
The dense planting and diverse species selection create a competitive environment where plants grow taller and thicker as they strive for sunlight and resources. This fast growth not only contributes to the rapid formation of a mature forest but also enhances the overall ecological benefits provided by Miyawaki forests.
Planting diverse forests has proven to be a powerful strategy for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Diverse forests are highly effective in sequestering carbon. Plots of land planted with multiple species can accumulate over double the amount of carbon compared to single-species plots, averaging 32 tons per hectare compared to 12 tons. The deep and extensive root systems of these diverse forests also facilitate the transfer of carbon into the soil, where it can be stored for extended periods.