Ghent, Belgium

Don Bosco College Forest

Cultivating sustainability while growing a school’s green space.

Miyawaki Method
Pocket Forest

Don Bosco College in Zwijnaarde (Ghent) is a large and impressive school that stands tall above the city. Strongly committed to sustainability and environmentalism, their expansive campus is an ideal location for a Pocket Forest project.

The school community, which includes students, teachers, and parents, collaborates through questionnaires where everyone can submit proposals and vote on them. This inclusive approach ensures that everyone has a voice and plays an active role in shaping the future of the school.

This project provides an opportunity for students to learn about sustainable forestry practices and the importance of preserving natural resources.

Forest Maker Herman & Nicolas








The area of the future SUGi Pocket Forest
The site of the Don Bosco College Forest in Ghent, Belgium

Forest Partner

“We want to grow up with our forest together. We want to plant it, care for it, watch it take root. We want to enjoy fresh greenery, autumn colors and new bird sounds. And later, when our own children or grandchildren also come to Don Bosco Zwijnaarde College, we will take them with us to the piece of the future we have provided for them. In the shade of those trees, we will feel at home together.”

Green Team School Don Bosco and Frank Dhondt, teacher


Why Don Bosco College?

At Don Bosco College, the students and teachers are actively working on environmental initiatives. They work within GreenTeams - small groups of teachers and students who develop initiatives related to transportation, food, greening and softening the school, and reducing paper and plastic use. They decided to green the school facades and create a pocket forest as a result of this collaborative effort.

Native species selection:

The Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is a slender and elegant deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. Standing tall with its distinctive white bark that peels in thin strips, it adds a touch of grace to landscapes.
The Common Hazel (Corylus avellana), a captivating deciduous shrub, brings nature’s magic to life across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It’s known for its edible nuts, which are enclosed in a protective husk.
The European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is a majestic deciduous tree native to Europe. With its tall stature and graceful branches, it stands as a symbol of strength and beauty. It holds a vital place in European ecosystems.
The Common Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a charismatic evergreen shrub, native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. Its glossy, spiky leaves and vibrant red berries make it a symbol of winter and festive cheer.

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