Reviving a pocket in a vast sea of agriculture.
Agora Forest is a project in collaboration with the village of Bezange-la-Petite. It is the culmination of the local community's efforts to revive a pocket of land that had become a biodiversity desert, and to create a space that can be enjoyed together, bolstering community bonds.
Many of the villagers have fond memories of biodiversity in the area, such as seeing frogs and grasshoppers in abundance. Sadly, their numbers have dramatically declined and have rarely been seen in the village in recent years. Agora Forest aims to restore these memories and make them a reality.
The site is surrounded by intensively managed agricultural land and as such, will be an important pocket where wildlife can thrive once again.
Agora Forest is now becoming a vibrant community hub; including pathways and seating areas so that locals, young and old, can socialise, learn and enjoy the restorative benefits of nature. Moreover, the planting itself engaged villagers of all ages, including local school children.
Agora Forest aims to set an example for other communities in the region, both urban and rural, highlighting the immense environmental, health, social and wellbeing benefits of such a project.
Nicolas de Brabandère
“We love this place because it's the last piece of nature we have left in a vast sea of intensive agriculture.”
Local Citizen, Bezange-la-Petite
“I remember as a child…there was the sound of birdsong, we would be surrounded by butterflies and the beautiful smell of the countryside. You could find frogs under the straw. Now we have none of this.”
Hervé Seve, Mayor of Bezange-la-Petite