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MINI UK are boosting biodiversity in urban areas, by partnering with Earthwatch Europe to support the Tiny Forest programme. The Tiny Forest programme dedicates a small amount of space for 600 densely-packed native trees, which are capable of attracting hundreds of animal and plant species in the first 3 years of their life. MINI has begun funding for the first Tiny Forest to be planted near the MINI plant in Swindon, and there is a partnership in place with South Swindon Parish Council who will frequently manage the park.
The Director of MINI UK & Ireland, David George has said “MINI are really excited to partner with Earthwatch Europe to plant Tiny Forests in our local communities and across the UK. For over 61 years we have made cars using resources responsibly and to maximum effect. Our shared values of sustainability and bringing people together is what makes this such a great partnership.”
Earthwate Europe, with the help of young people from the surrounding area will collect data from the MINI Tiny Forest. The data will be collected to analyse aspects such as carbon absorption, flood mitigation and wellbeing benefits from the green space in the local urban area.
The Councillor of the Chair of South Swindon Parish Council, Chris Watts said “We are really pleased to be working with Earthwatch Europe and MINI UK to bring the first Tiny Forest to Swindon. As a Parish Council we wanted to join the Tiny Forest programme as its focus is to work with the local community in developing and monitoring the trees. The Tiny Forest is being planted in the relatively new community of East Wichel. We hope it will become a unique feature for that community that people from across Swindon will visit.”
MINI UK and Earthwatch Europe aim to plant another Tiny Forest in 2022 in Oxford. There are already plans being made for more to be planted across the UK.
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