Small but Mighty

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Wednesday 12th July 2023

Report written by Anwen Greenaway

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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.

Session Leader
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Theresa Joseph
Imogen Pierce
Mark Soave
Charlie Lay
Fred Collman
Henry Gibson
Sophie Wilkinson
Venetia Lipscombe
Sarah McFadden
Anwen Greenaway
Ellie Evans
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Theresa Joseph
Theresa Joseph (she/her)

Thu 13th Jul 2023 at 3:06pm

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

Daniel Mermelstein

Sun 16th Jul 2023 at 1:07pm

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

Jack Da Silva

Tue 18th Jul 2023 at 11:04am

well done all, great work