SUGi Talks Podcast
SUGi Talks is a podcast where we explore the powerful stories behind our pocket forests. Speaking with our expert Forest Makers and collaborators, we’ll dig into how we can help cities build biodiversity, climate resilience and wellbeing using Nature-based Solutions.
Episode 3: What Science says about our Miyawaki Forests
In this episode of SUGi Talks, we meet Dr. Grey Coupland.
Grey is our lead scientist at SUGi, and she holds the key to the rich data behind our Pocket Forests. Based in Perth Australia, she was recognised by UNESCO’s Green Citizen’s campaign for her STEM outreach program which brings Miyawaki forests into schools.
With a PhD in ecology, her most recent work is dedicated to investigating the use and effectiveness of Miyawaki forests in urban greening, specifically their impact on biodiversity, wellbeing, and climate change mitigation. Grey planted our first SUGi Pocket forest in Australia at South Padbury Primary School. From this forest, she’s been gathering important data about Miyawaki Forests and their impact.
Together we’ll speak about how Miyawaki forests can help cities as climate change puts our cities at risk.
Episode 2: Can life thrive in the desert?
On this epesoide we speak with Gaurav Gurjar a jungle tree expert at Afforestt, and the Director of the Maruvan Foundation in Rajasthan. Over the past few years Gaurav has been restoring an area of India’s lost desert forest, and with the support SUGi he’s begun the second 4,000 Sq m phase of the project.
Living on the land, enduring intense heat and drought, Gaurav has worked tirelessly to harness the elements in order to restore the land, and the results are astonishing. We talk about about the power of deep observation, ancestral wisdom, and how as a society we could live in better harmony with Nature to create abundance for all.
Episode 1: Can Pocket Forests save our cities?
For our very first episode of SUGi Talks, we meet James Godfrey-Faussett. As SUGi’s lead Forest Maker, James manages our global urban Pocket Forest and afforestation efforts. In the UK alone he has planted 20 forests, including the UK and Europe's biggest Miyawaki forest in Barking and Dagenham. Focussing on cities and the chronic lack of Biodiversity in our urban areas, we reimagine what healthy cities could look like. Alongside this, we speak about the healing power of Nature and the UK’s at-risk temperate rainforest biome.