East London II - Natura Nostra Forest
Continuing the remediation of land in Dagenham
This is the second Natura Nostra Forest in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, an area dominated by green deserts that is in desperate need of more pockets of biodiverse native forest
As with the first Natura Nostra Forest in Parsloes Park, this second iteration - located in Eastbrook End - will be another visible demonstration of how nature and urbanisation can co-exist successfully, even in the most densely-populated metropolis.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
Why Natura Nostra Forest II?
This site of the pocket forest is a challenge for healthy growth due to the soil containing rubbish and industrial ash waste from Dagenham's past. A lot of industrial infrastructure was knocked down, turned into a foam of ash and used to create level park areas.
This project will see us remediate the soil and create a vibrant pocket of indigenous forest. The complexity and diversity of planting allows above- and below-ground biodiversity to create a small ecological hub in the area too. Species will include nitrogen fixers such as alder, pioneer species such as birch, crack willow and elder plus climax species of oak and the reintroduction of elm, that gradually needs to be reestablished back into UK forest ecosystems.