Win Fast Forest

Coming Soon – April 20th The community Planting of the Win Fast Forest 

Grow Local for the Planet is partnering Wright-Locke FarmWin Fast Forest logo to plant a “fast” forest at the farm. Our goal is to restore a bit of Low Habitat Value agricultural wetlands by the farm’s pond to a High Habitat Value mature forest. We are using the “Miyawaki” method of forestation, which speeds up tree growth to one-third or less of the usual time. Creating ideal conditions for tree growth, and planting native species at high densities, means a forest in about 30 years instead of the expected 150.

A Fast Forest is 51 percent forest, 49 percent community. That is, most of the work is done by volunteers. Everyone is welcome at any step: removing invasive plants, donating plants from helpers’ gardens, planting baby trees, weeding and mulching the starting forest, and watching and measuring it as it grows.

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List of native shrubs and trees to be planted in our 5000 square foot area at Wright-Locke Farm.

What is a Miyawaki forest?
Watch this video to learn about a miyawaki forest planted in Cambridge MA.
Video by the Christian Science Monitor

The Fast Forest project is being planted here at Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy. It’s part of a global movement to restore forests as fast as possible. By supercharging the soil and planting native mature-forest species, we can grow New England forest in 20 years instead of the 150 years. 

In fact, we expect the stick-like baby trees we plant on April 20th to be taller than any of us by the end of Year Two. And some will live for up to 500 and 600 years.

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