The BackgroundAshe Conrad-Jones and Catherine Cleary are two friends who founded Pocket Forests in response to finding themselves on a 2k lockdown in Ireland's most nature-starved neighbourhood. The original concept of Miyawake-style forests captivated them as it seemed the perfect solution to this problem. They combined the concept with proven permaculture methods to further evolve the idea to include recycled local materials and bring a circular economy idea to a green use for city waste. It has been successfully implemented in three schools and eleven private gardens where more than 720 trees and shrubs have been combined to form native forest ecosystems.Why it MattersPocket Forests is a nature-based enterprise tackling nature deprivation in urban communities. In our neighbourhood we have the lowest amount of green space per person and the number of trees per person is less than half that in the rest of Dublin. As cities become more dense in population the need for healthy natural spaces becomes more acute. Children, the elderly and people in low socio-economic groups have been shown to suffer most from unequal access to quality green spaces. We also tackle a lack of knowledge about native plants and the soil restoration needed to grow healthy ecosystems. Our aim is to make all this learning fun and empowering.
How to get involved
You'll need to dedicate a day to soil preparation, a day to tree planting and a couple of hours a week initially to plan and get everything ready.