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Tiny Forest brings the benefits of woodlands into the heart of our cities and urban spaces: connecting people with nature, helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change, as well as providing spaces to support urban wildlife.

Greener cities, thriving communities – join the movement!

Right in the heart of our cities, a revolution is taking root.

Across the UK, Tiny Forests are reconnecting people with nature, enhancing wellbeing, helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change and providing nature-rich habitat patches to support urban wildlife.

Join the movement to make a difference locally and help meet the challenges we face globally.

Discover your Tiny Forest

Join a Discovery Day to connect with nature, meet your community and have some family-friendly fun!

Tiny Forest: super tiny, super powerful

Tiny Forests are planted in urban locations, where nature is most needed. We collect environmental and social data for every forest we plant to help us assess the benefits they provide over time.

  • Small but mighty

    A Tiny Forest consists of 600 trees planted densely in a tennis-court size plot.

  • Citizen science

    We provide people with the tools and knowledge to help monitor how their local Tiny Forest develops and understand the benefits it brings.

  • Thriving wildlife

    Each Tiny Forest can attract over 500 animal and plant species within the first three years.

  • Join the movement

    With the support from businesses and communities, we have now planted over 200 Tiny Forests across the UK – our next goal is to have planted 500 forests by 2030.

Let’s breathe life back into our cities

84% of the UK population now live in urban areas. While urbanisation is increasing, UK urban green space is on an alarming downward trend. This means that people living in urban spaces have less and less access to the natural world. 

The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world and ranks bottom in Europe for nature connectedness.  Our lack of provision of good-quality, biodiverse urban green space will continue to exacerbate these problems.

Since 2020, Earthwatch has worked with partners and communities across the UK to plant over 200 Tiny Forests – bringing the benefits of a forest right into the heart of our cities and urban spaces. 

Tiny Forest is for everyone

People power

Tiny Forests are about community. They are planted, maintained and monitored with the help of local volunteers, businesses and schools – creating a real sense of ownership and impact as they support nature on their doorstep. Helping the trees take root and watching them flourish creates a special connection with the forest and the wildlife that calls it home.

These forests create opportunities for people with potentially limited access to nature to come together with their community. We support communities to create an accessible green space that people of all ages can enjoy for decades to come. Where possible, each Tiny Forest is planted with a classroom area for local schools to use for outdoor education.

Dream BIG – think Tiny!

By 2030 we want to maximise the social and environmental impacts of Tiny Forest by:

We are always looking at how to create a sustainable future through the movement – and we know impactful partnerships are a crucial to make this happen.  

Partner with us: think global, act local

Help us bring local nature-based solutions to meet global challenges.

Business partnerships with like-minded organisations are crucial to advance the Tiny Forest programme. We offer a range of flexible corporate support packages, which could include:

  • Creating a new Tiny Forest, which your organisation can brand.
  • Providing a volunteer or team building day for your staff and/or community (typically 40 to 100 people) to plant the Tiny Forest, including an environmental education session.
  • Growing the Tree Keeper network, engaging 4-5 employees/community members as ‘Tree Keepers’ (1hr/month
    required mostly in spring/summer to water and weed for first two years).
  • Engaging your staff and/or your community in a monitoring event to raise awareness and collect valuable data on urban nature based solutions for climate change.
  • Training volunteers to monitor the environmental and social benefits of the forest for at least two years, contributing to our data platform and giving you scientific data to use in your reporting and communications.

You’re in good company!

We are working with a wide range of partners to deliver Tiny Forest including local authorities, businesses, scientists, government bodies, schools, other NGOs and community groups.

Interested in supporting Tiny Forest? Get in touch!

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