The Miyawaki method, named after the botanist who developed it, uses dense planting, many different kinds of locally native species, soil preparation, and multilayered design to mimic the complexity of a native forest. This technique is new for Canada, but it has been successful in Japan and other parts of the world for over 40 years. The Hamilton Mini Forest Project’s goal is to learn how Mini Forests can help grow our urban forest canopy cover, and how the technique can be incorporated into city-wide tree plantings, and adopted on private property and by others in the community.
The Mini Forest in Dundas will serve as a demonstration site and learning opportunity for Dundas residents who wish to plant their own Mini Forest on their front, side or back yards or other private property to help grow our urban forest. Green Venture will launch an application process for Dundas residents to receive Mini Forest Kits and planting support in early November. The Hamilton Mini Forest Project’s work in Dundas is funded through the Dougher Foundation of the Hamilton Community Foundation with the support of the Conserver Society of Hamilton and District.