What are the effects of a Tiny Forest®?

Under normal circumstances a forest will need 100 years to develop on it’s own. With the Miyawaki method, we can create a 100-year old forest in just 10 years time. Planting these dense forests bring a number of benefits. Just four years after planting, a single Tiny Forest will deliver the following results:

  • Absorb 450-600kg of carbon: up to 30x better absorption compared to other tree-planting schemes
  • Attract more than 500 species of plants and animals
  • Process 30,000 litres of rain
  • Improve air quality by reducing polluting floating particulates by up to 10%
  • Up to 30x better noise reduction compared to other tree-planting schemes
  • Connect schoolchildren and local communities to nature and support wellbeing.


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.

Mini documentary first Dutch Tiny Forest in Zaandam in 2015 - with a visit by and help from Shubhendu Sharma!