Saint George, Romania

University Forest

Studying the Miyawaki Forestry Method.

Pocket Forest
Miyawaki Method

With more than 41,000 students in 2015, the Babeș-Bolyai University is the largest university in Romania.  Our future forest will grow at an extension faculty in a town called Saint George.

We have chosen this site in particular to introduce the Miyawaki Method to the environmental engineers and scientists. Together with the students of the Babeș-Bolyai University we will be creating the first university forest in Romania!

Forest Maker Tivadar Balázs


Sustainability projects in Romania




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The site of University Forest in Saint George, Romania
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The pocket forest after 26 months of growth

Forest Report: 26 Months

DATE: 13.06.2023

The pocket forest after 26 months growth

Biodiversity Notes:

Forest Report: 18 Months

DATE: 13.10.2022

Survival Rate: 93%

Average of tallest 3 trees: 431 cm

This forest is now doing very well after experiencing challenges in its first year that led to a lower survival rate than expected. Survival rate was 66% in year 1 but after replanting failed saplings, survival rate is now in line with where Miyawaki forests should be.

The tallest trees - white poplars (Populus alba) - are now well over 4m and the largest girth of this species is 23.5cm. It is reassuring to see that even for forests that have challenging starts, with the right care they can recover and thrive.

Biodiversity Notes:

Biodiversity is starting to flourish in this forest with the following species identified: sparrows (Passer domesticus), hoverflies (Fam. Syrphidae), ladybugs (Coccinella septempunctata), bees (Fam. Apoidea) and ant bag beetles (Clytra laeviuscula).

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremula)
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Grey willow (Salix cinerea)
White poplar (Populus alba)

Forest Report: Planting

DATE: 13.04.2021


Babeș-Bolyai University has officially been ranked a four-star university, after a QS Star evaluation at the beginning of 2018. Also, the Babeș-Bolyai University was found to be the top Romanian university based on the University Metaranking of 2016.The plantation site is at an extension faculty that is in a town of 54.000 citizens called Saint George.Saint George is the capital of a county in the traditional region called Transylvania and it is located in the central region of Romania where the Eastern Carpathian Mountains meet the Southern Carpathians.The presence of this university is a relatively new development in the town. It is just ten years old. It has however brought new opportunities to the youth of the area.

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