Natick High School Forest
Photos by Maya Dutta
We are so excited to bring another pocket forest to life with the help of the community, high school, and municipality. We will share information, updates, and photos on the forest as it progresses, so stay tuned!
About the Forest
The Miyawaki Forest is an ultra dense, biodiverse pocket forest that recreates the complexity of natural forests and the relationships and processes that help them grow strong and resilient. By giving home to a vast array of native species, they boost the biodiversity of the area and nurture pollinators, supporting and restoring ecosystems.
They sequester carbon in the soil, reduce air pollution and soil contamination, improve water absorption to buffer against flooding and erosion, and cool the surrounding area to mitigate the urban heat island effect. They also create a living classroom for people and communities to learn about native ecology, engage in stewardship, and experience the interconnectedness of the natural world.
Related Resources and Links
- The Town of Natick Tiny Forest project page
- Our main Miyawaki Forest Program page
- Our Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest project page
- Our Greene-Rose Park Miyawaki Forest project page
- Bio4Climate’s Miyawaki Forest video playlist
- ‘A Little Forest with a Towering Task‘ – Short documentary on the Miyawaki planting process and the ‘grounded hope’ behind the work
- ‘Tiny Forests with Big Benefits‘ – A feature of our Cambridge forests and other Miyawaki plantings in The New York Times
- Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World by Hannah Lewis, published by Chelsea Green in June 2022
To Claire Rundelli and the Town of Natick; Art Goodhind and Natick Department of Public Works; Natick Trails and Forest Stewardship Committee; Natick High School; and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Accelerating Climate Resiliency Program for their support of this project.
Thank you to the Natick community – to our amazing volunteers, team leaders, and all those who supported this project.