A mini forest is a biodiverse community of native trees and shrubs planted tightly together in an urban or suburban setting using the Miyawaki method. Developed in Japan over 40 years ago and since adopted across the globe, this method accelerates the upward growth of trees, improves soil conditions and resource-sharing, and creates a composition and structure that mimics older-aged forest communities.
Click here to learn how this innovative method can add living systems of native diversity to our urban landscapes, to restore habitat and address the climate crisis. This presentation will discuss the method, pilot projects throughout the country, and how you might plant your own.
About the presenter:
Heather Schibli draws upon her deep affinity for the natural world to guide her design practice and consulting work for Dougan & Associates, a Guelph- based terrestrial ecology firm.
Since 2019, she has been an administrator for the Network of Nature (formally CanPlant), which is a partnership with Canadian Geographic that is dedicated to supporting and restoring Canada’s unique biodiversity against the stresses of development, extraction, and climate change.