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Small but Mighty

17 GoodGymers made their way 2.8km to help the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and EarthWatch Europe in Oxford.

  • Ellie Evans
  • Anwen Greenaway
  • Trevor
  • Axelle
  • Sarah McFadden
  • Venetia Lipscombe
  • Sophie Wilkinson
  • Theresa Joseph
  • Anja
  • Oxford runner
  • Henry Gibson
  • Fred Collman
  • Charlie Lay
  • Mark Soave
  • Oliver
  • Imogen Pierce
  • Oxford runner
 
Wednesday, 12th of July 2023
 
Led by Anwen Greenaway

Tiny Forest brings the benefits of woodland right into the heart of our cities and urban spaces: connecting people with nature, helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change, as well as providing nature-rich habitat to support urban wildlife.

Earthwatch is pioneering Tiny Forest in the UK and is conducting a UK-wide research study to help us understand how these super tiny woods have the potential to be super powerful.

Last night Earthwatch Europe launched their Lottery funded partnership with GoodGym at the Littlemore Tiny Forest.

A couple of years ago 600 saplings were planted in a patch of ground 200 metres square (roughly the size of a tennis court), and the plot is now a lovely baby woodland at the end of a wild flower patch.

Earthwatch are collecting data on biodiversity, carbon storage, flood mitigation and thermal comfort in the Tiny Forest in order to see how the scheme could help in urban areas. 100 of the 600 trees in the Littlemore Tiny Forest have been tagged to be regularly monitored, and these were the main focus of our citizen science.

Dividing into trios we made our way around the site checking that the trees were correctly identified in the database, measuring height and girth, and counting the number of stems for multi-stem trees. It turned out to be a very satisfying task - particularly tracking down the last few elusive tagged trees! We managed to find and monitor 58 trees in under an hour.

Other experiments made observations on water soak away and thermal comfort. Tracking the changes over the next few years will be very interesting.

Welcome to GoodGym Mark and Jac. Great to have a visitor from the central team Theresa.

Report written by Anwen Greenaway


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Theresa Joseph
Theresa Joseph
she/her
Thursday July 13th, 2023 15:06

Lovely to see you all - Thank you for the warm welcome

Daniel Mermelstein
Daniel Mermelstein
Sunday July 16th, 2023 13:07

Fantastic stuff! Glad to see so many goodgymers getting involved with tiny forests!

Jack Da Silva
Jack Da Silva
Tuesday July 18th, 2023 11:04

well done all, great work

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Anwen Greenaway
Led by Anwen Greenaway

Goodgym Coordinator for Oxford. Trail runner, often muddy.

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