Forest of Renewal
Turning Grey to Green!
As SUGi’s inaugural project in Germany, Forest of Renewal will transform an abandoned concrete slab within the grounds of Georg-Büchner Schule into a thriving forest ecosystem, giving a boost to biodiversity and the school community.
Georg-Büchner Schule is one of the largest secondary schools in Darmstadt. Over 800 students will be able to observe rewilding in action, seeing flora and fauna return to a space that was previously devoid of life. The project will also seek to involve the local primary school and kindergarten to amplify the impact of this initiative.
Students’ lessons will be held next to the forest, supporting the educational curriculum across subjects - from biology to poetry. Forest of Renewal will positively impact students, whatever their interests. Outside of class, it will be a place to be peaceful and appreciate the sights and sounds of nature.
Forest of Renewal will enthuse and inspire future generations of Darmstadt, demonstrating the value of protecting our green spaces and highlighting that the beauty and wonders of nature can always be restored, irrespective of how lifeless an urban site may initially seem.
Forest Maker Nicolas de Brabandère
"The transformation from paved surfaces to green areas is a challenging but necessary task for the future. Realizing such a project with students of Georg Büchner School is going to be a great opportunity for all of us. This very special experience will connect young urban people with nature"
— Annette Hennemann, Project Manager, Green Space Department, Darmstadt