From a parking lot to a lot of parks.
Pirque is Magdalena's hometown. She’s Bosko´s founder and has close ties with the land, witnessing many changes in the surrounding native forests over the years. She knows the potential of Miyawaki forests to transform bare ground.
Until now, this was an empty space in between an artisan village, a farmer´s market, the town stadium, and the largest park in the area - it had become a spontaneous parking lot. With a SUGI Forest here, it has united this fragmented place, providing shade and biodiversity to the hundreds of people that visit every week. It’s a strategic spot where citizens can witness how the trees are recovering ground, one forest at a time.
“We have turned a parking lot into an incredible Miyawaki forest before. Now I want to help my hometown turn dirt into soil. To show them the power that’s right underneath their feet.”
Magdalena Valdés, Bosko Chile
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
This pocket forest is doing well, though due to the extreme fluctuations in temperature that it has experienced - often between day and night - it is not without its challenges. Similarly, the aridity of the area has been a concern and a lack of uniformity of irrigation across the forest has shown to influence survival rate across different sections of the forest. Still, at 1.5 years, Pirque forest is flourishing with many of the species flowering and producing seeds.
All kinds of insects can be seen across the pocket forest, including various types of ladybugs (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and bees (Hymenoptera). With insect activity we are hoping to see some reptiles in the forest in the next year.