Activating Youth Leadership with GBL
With GBL’s support, SUGi and their local Forest Maker, Nicolas de Brabandère, are bringing the wisdom of ancient forests and the symbiotic benefits of biodiversity back as the capstone of a grand 50-year community restoration project in Pontisse, Belgium. Local children have been planting 26 different types of native trees and shrubs with their families in what they call the ‘King Charlemagne Forest’.
By creating a bee-friendly forest we hope to create a landing space for pollinators.
Bee populations are diminishing rapidly and alarmingly. By creating a tiny forest of specific native trees that flower successionally, we can offer the bees an almost continual food source as well as their favoured trees for winter hibernation.
King Charlemagne Forest
Restoring ancestral forest in a dense village community. The creation of a Miyawaki forest, in Pontisse, Belgium, will be the last piece in a 50 year community project; a church, a school, a gymnasium, a public garden, a bicycle trail amongst other things!
A forest learning center in Sint-Niklaas. The Ark is a primary school following the Freinet principle of ‘live learning’. Students will discover a vast living space full of wonderful creatures, stories, possibilities, communities, cozy corners and thrilling adventures.
The ‘Mandelwijk’ is a social housing project that went through a recent renovation. The city Council of Oudenburg has chosen SUGi to help further restore the community with a Miyawaki forest.
The planting of these forests is part of the implementation of the City Council’s ‘Boomplusplan’. With the Mandelwijk Forest we aim to improve our biodiversity, urban resilience and create a pleasant and healthy living environment.
Together with the schools of Oudenburg, we will plant forests to leave a sustainable world for future generations.
Partners in Rewilding
We embrace partners who share our vision of building biodiversity and green infrastructure. Each strategic collaboration is uniquely tailored.
We rewild with visionaries from iconic global brands to sustainable start ups, from city officials to pioneering designers, architects, and artists.