SUGi
France

NANTES, FRANCE

IME Val Lorie

A green lung for kids within a high density industrial area.

Land Forest
Miyawaki Method
School
Urban

IME Val Lorie is a Medical Education Institute for young people with intellectual disabilities, located in the west of France in a high density industrial area.

MiniBigForest, teachers and families are partnering to create a natural dense forest: a “green lung” to address the negative impacts of the surrounding environment and bring back more nature within the school.

Using the Miyawaki method, we plant with kids, teachers, families sharing naturalistic values and skills, and also train MiniBigKeepers to take care of the urban forest.

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Rewild forest ecosystems in Nantes, France.

540

Trees

180

Square Meters

30

Native Species

dirt fields
Unused land before being transformed into the new Miyawaki forest at IME Val Lorie Medical Education Institute.
green trees
After fifteen months of growth, the Miyawaki forest is thriving at IME Val Lorie Medical Education Institute.

“MiniBigForest, teachers and families are partnering to create a natural dense forest: a “green lung” to address the negative impacts of the surrounding environment and bring back more nature within the school.”

Stephanie Saliou

Miyawaki forest in Nates, France
Rewilding projects in France
Rrewilding in France
Biodiversity in France
The students explore the local forests to discover the native species. In France, Medical Education Institutes, also designated by the acronym IMEs, welcome children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities related to neuropsychiatric disorders.

The Benefits

Planting a forest at IME Val Lorie will:

  • Improve environmental conditions for young people

  • Regenerate biodiversity within a high-density industrial area

  • Regulate the microclimate temperature

  • Improve air quality
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Planted in February of 2020, the creation of this Miyawaki Forest will transform unused land into a community space and learning site for the students of Ecole IME Val Lorie in France.
MiniBig Forest’s Stephanie & Jim, were joined by a group of amazing volunteers to plant 540 trees.

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