Dagenham, London, UK

Forest of Thanks

A symbol of resilience, hope, and healing for the local community.

Miyawaki Method
Land Forest

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.

This visible affirmation and enduring legacy is to be planted in Parsloes Park, Dagenham in the fall of 2020.


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The site for the Forest of Thanks.
The 18 month old Miyawaki Forest of Thanks.

“The Leaders of the Borough of Barking & Dagenham, TCV, NatWest 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.”


Forest Design

We choose the leaf of an Oak tree (Quercus Robur) as the design for the forest. The Oak tree is a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge.

Oak trees support a complex ecosystem with many species, including humans.

illustration of Forest of Thanks
An excavator digs in the dirt
An excavator digs the ground to 100 cm in depth in order to relieve compaction, aerate the soil, and allow for better water filtration. These steps lead to quicker root formation of the saplings.
people dig in the dirt
Volunteers plant young saplings at a density of 3 to 4 plants per square meter. This mirrors how a forest would naturally form on its own, leading to stabilized root systems and faster growth among saplings.

"We are so honored to work with the Barking & Dagenham council to create the largest Miyawaki forest in the UK and Europe! Special thanks to Gareth for his vision and trust. Let's keep building a biodiverse world."

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