Forest of Thanks

A symbol of resilience, hope, and healing for the local community.

Barking and Dagenham, London, England
Miyawaki Forest
Habitat Restoration
Self Sustaining
After approx. two years our SUGi Pocket Forests can be classed as self-sustaining, at which point they can be handed over to nature and left alone for complexity to naturally develop.
Sustainability projects in London




Square Meters


Native Species

2 Years
2 Years

“The Leaders of the Borough of Barking & Dagenham, TCV, NatWest and SUGi have come together to create the largest Miyawaki Forest in the UK as a symbol of resilience, hope, and healing for the local community and the UK as a whole. It’s a very special moment for all of us.”

Wild Cherry (Prunus avium)
Garden snail (Cornu aspersum)
Common Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
English Oak (Quercus robur)
An excavator digs in the dirt
people dig in the dirt
Volunteers plant young saplings at a density of 3 to 4 plants per square meter.

“We are so honored to work with the Barking & Dagenham council to create the largest Miyawaki forest in the UK and Europe! Special thanks to Gareth for his vision and trust. Let's keep building a biodiverse world.”

illustration of Forest of Thanks

Other Forests Nearby