What are the effects of a Tiny Forest®?

In 2015 we planted our very first Tiny Forest. In his TED talk Shubhendu promised a forest that grows 10x faster, that is 30x more dense and 100x more biodiverse. But would this method produce the same results in the Netherlands as it did in Japan and India? We created a documentary about the effects of the Miyawaki method in the Netherlands. Did it work? Watch the video and find out.

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Mini documentary first Dutch Tiny Forest in Zaandam in 2015

Effect of Tiny Forest in the Netherlands

Just four years after planting Tiny Forest Zaanstad, the forest has delivered the following results.

  • It has absorbed 1.000kg of carbon: up to 30x better absorption compared to other tree-planting schemes
  • Has attracted  595 different species of plants and animals
  • Has processed 30,000 litres of rain
  • Provides up to 30x better noise reduction compared to other tree-planting schemes
  • Connect schoolchildren and local communities to nature and support wellbeing.

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A field study by Wageningen University

In 2017, ecologists from Wageningen University and a team of citizen scientists monitored the biodiversity in our first tiny forest in Zaandam. This research (see report below) showed that a Tiny Forest has a stimulating effect on biodiversity.

In 2019, citizen scientists and ecologists discovered 600 different species in ten different tiny forests. This research continues today and will be conducted until 31 december 2021. The study monitors the effects of tiny forest on biodiversity, thermal comfort, carbon sequestration and water retention in 10 Tiny Forests in the Netherlands. The findings of this study will be available at the beginning of 2022.

Click below for the Tiny Forest Zaanstad report: Citizen science and determining biodiversity in Tiny Forest Zaanstad  

Progress of Tiny Forest the Netherlands

In December 2015, we planted our first Tiny Forest in Zaandam, the Netherlands. From then until now, we have planted:

  • 85 Tiny Forest in the Netherlands in public spaces
  • 20 Tiny Forests on private property and
  • 600 Tiny Forest Gardens

In 2020 and 2021 we expect to plant at least 125 Tiny Forests in public areas, 40 Tiny Forests in private gardens and 2000 Tiny Forest Gardens.

This graph shows the number of tiny forest that have been planted and will be planted.