While there are many advocates of tree planting, ranging from non-profit, profit companies, services like tree trimming Killeen, organizations, and local governments working hand in hand to plant more trees and save the ecosystem, here is Shubhendu Sharma, the man who started to plant an entire mini forest in his backyard and now creating small forests all around the world.
Shubhendu Sharma, an eco-entrepreneur to his company named Afforest, has been working with different companies to create mini forests using an accelerated method that he discovered and learned by a Japanese forester named Akira Miyawaki.
How Did it Start?
In 2008, Shubhendu Sharma was in India helping prepare assembly lines for car manufacturing. Akira Miyawaki, an old forester, came to the factory to plant a forest in Toyota’s area. There, Miyawaki presented his methods that made him plant around 40 million trees all over the world, which lead him to win the Blue Planet Prize, a prize in the environmental field equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Science and Literature. The methods were based on his theory, “potential natural vegetation,” which premised on the notion that if a land is free from any human activities, the land will make itself a forest that is self-sustaining and capable to self-seed. This piece of land will take over the surrounding lands within 600 to 1,00 years and different plant and animal species will dwell in the forest, creating a good ecosystem. His methods speed the ability of the forests to sustain itself and self-seed within just 10 years.
What Shubhendu Sharma did was to study the methods that Miyawaki used and planted a forest in his 93-square back garden with 300 trees in varied species. It became so successful that he quit the car industry and begin to establish his company, Afforest.
There are many things that need to be considered when creating a mini forest and all of these factors need to be taken seriously. The factors include the area, climate, soil, plant species, and irrigation. It starts with researching all of these factors and providing the needed nutrients of the soil. The mini forests need to be taken care of within two or three years until it becomes self-sustaining. After such time, it is critically important to prevent and avoid human interference, even just little disturbance, to allow the ecosystem to be established. He also emphasized that this project is effective when we start with small patches of lands, rather than starting big with fewer chances to maintain.
In addition, he emphasized the tangible environmental benefits of his company He said that while there are still no formal scientific surveys, he observed in his own garden that there is an increased number of bird species from 7 to 17 in just two years. Aside from this, the groundwater improved as well as the air and the biodiversity of the area.
So far, the company has planted around 43,000 trees in 2014 and up until now, they are still producing mini forests all around the globe.