Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method To Rapidly Rewild the World

Chelsea Green. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781645021278. pap. $19.95. SCI
Inspired by Japanese botanist and forest ecologist Akira Miyawaki, Lewis (editor of Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming) has penned a paean to the Miyawaki Method: the people-powered reforestation tactic of turning any small lot or backyard into a tiny grove of native climax forest plants (originally a response to Japan’s rapid post-WWII development). These mini-forests store water, are carbon sinks, and provide shade, green spaces for people, and habitats for animals. Lewis explains how a Miyawaki mini-forest functions and how to plant one (with a list of resources at the book’s end). She also introduces practitioners of the Miyawaki Method and the mini-forests they’ve planted in schoolyards, lots, and corporate campuses around the world (Japan, Lebanon, India, Cameroon, Iran, Washington State), including the project she spearheaded at home in Roscoff, France.
VERDICT An important and fascinating look at how small forests of native plants create corridors of habitat and provide ecosystem services. It will be relished by environmentalists, gardeners, and fans of Doug Tallamy’s Nature’s Best Hope.
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