A London Borough’s Vision of Urban Restoration
SUGi is partnering with the Borough of Barking & Dagenham on a bold plan to bring nature closer to all its residents. Our collaboration began when an ambitious coalition of civic and community leaders formed to support the creation of a forest in Parsloes Park, Dagenham, to honor all the front liners and regular citizens fighting COVID-19. This historic project, known as the Forest of Thanks, is now the largest Miyawaki Forest in the UK and Europe.
SUGi has since created two more forests for the Barking & Dagenham community: Green Castle Forest and Thames View Junior. It’s our hope that with the borough’s inspired leadership, we can together rewild even more schools and neighbourhoods to make Barking & Dagenham a showcase of how to rebuild the web of life and restore health and wellness for all species and all people.
Castle Green Forest — Barking and Dagenham, London, UK
The forest will act directly on its local environment. This area is heavily polluted and an urban biodiversity desert. The denseness of the Miyawaki method allows maximum potential Co2 drawdown and pollution mitigation. The trees chosen will also be the ones that have evolved to live and even thrive in the urban environment.
Forest of Thanks, Barking & Dagenham
SUGi is partnering with the Borough of Barking & Dagenham which has been designated as a national priority for urban regeneration; to build the largest Miyawaki Forest in the UK!
An ambitious coalition of civic and community leaders has come together to support the creation of a Forest of Thanks for all the front liners and regular citizens fighting COVID-19.
“The Leaders of the Borough of Barking & Dagenham, TCV 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.”
— Cllr Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement.
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.