Central London might not seem like the most obvious place to plant a forest but that’s exactly what’s happening over in Chelsea. Rewilding organisation SUGi is teaming up with the Cadogan Estate and Louis Vuitton to plant a pocket heritage forest on a 240 square metre area of Pont Street, close to the fashion house’s store on Sloane Street. The forest will contain 630 native shrubs and trees from 77 different species, and it’ll be planted following the ‘Miyawaki’ methodology – that means in four layers of shrubs, sub-trees, trees and canopy – which has a 97% success rate for tree survival.
Not only will the shrubbery and wildflowers on the forest floor be an ideal habitat for at least 80 species of insect, the forest itself won’t need pesticides or artificial plant foods, and should become self-sustaining in three years. So people of Chelsea, if you need to escape city life and get back to nature, you won’t have far to go.
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