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
Forest Report: 2023
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
Wildlife is abundant in this pocket forest. An eagle hawk was observed with an invertebrate in its beak, along with some doves. Bumblebees are also seen sipping nectar from quebracho flowers, and several beetles have been detected. Some invasive ladybugs are found on the leaves of various plants, and butterflies are hovering over the forest. Additionally, some invasive exotic species like acacia, eucalyptus, and plum trees have been identified, and these species have a greater height than the average height of the forest.
We believe that the origin of the invasive species problem is the leaf mulching we used, which possibly carried a large amount of seeds. For this reason, we decided not to use this type of mulch again. Our goal is to clean the forest of all non-native plants and to achieve this, we are permanently monitoring the Pirque forest and requesting adequate maintenance from the municipality that considers the removal of invasive species.
Urban Heat Profile:
The Urban Heat Island Effect is affecting cities more and more each year and temperetures in urban areas can go up to 12 degrees hotter. This can be reduced and prevented by planting urban forests like this. We collected the air temperatures on a hot day in November at Pirque Forest and saw amazing results.
Air Temperature Difference
Surface Temperature Difference
Forest Report: 2022
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.