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Help Plant Brookline’s First Miniature Forest


The Brookline Department of Public Works’ Parks and Open Space Division would like to invite community members to help plant the Town of Brookline’s first “miniature forest.”

Members of the Brookline DPW Parks and Open Space Division will gather on Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. at Brookline Avenue Playground, 575 Brookline Avenue, to plant Brookline’s first “miniature forest.” Community members of all ages are invited to help plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs to build a new ecosystem within the local park.

The event aims to celebrate the Town’s urban forest and climate action goals.

Communities around the globe are planting pockets of native trees, called Mini-Forests, to manage the effects of climate change. Based on research conducted by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, dense plantings of native tree and shrub seedlings can be as small as two parking spaces and still provide significant benefits.

Gloves, tools and all necessary project supplies will be provided, but participants should come dressed appropriately for the weather and for planting trees. Light refreshments and lawn games will also be available.

The event is co-sponsored by Mothers Out Front, proud partners in promoting the importance of local, grassroots conservation action in their fight for a livable climate.

“With so many people in despair about the climate, we are excited about the chance to put our hands in the ground and regenerate the earth” said Olivia Fischer Fox, Brookline Mothers Out Front Tree Team Coordinator.

“By following the Miyawaki Method of reforestation, we’re utilizing planting principles and techniques effective for urban environments with limited open space,” said Alexandra Vecchio, Division of Parks and Open Space Director. “Projects and initiatives such as this not only promote biodiversity and combat climate change but help park visitors build deeper connections to their neighborhood open spaces.”

The event is free and open to the public.

The Brookline DPW is striving to make the event as close to zero waste as possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle.

For questions or additional information, please reach out to the Parks and Open Space Division at parks@brooklinema.gov.