Project description

This project is inspired by the entangled roots of trees in the forest and developed into a strategy entitled 'Entangled Glasgow City'. It proposes to use the Miyawaki Forest method to plant within urban voids, potential superfluous roads and large patches of parking spaces, aiming to bring back the native woodland to the inner city of Glasgow and intertwine with human communities.

Rapid urbanisation has resulted in areas where Glaswegians are rarely in daily contact with nature and wildlife. An aspiration for urban nature guides me to reflect on the possibility of transforming vacant and derelict land into urban woodland and reestablishing local involvement. Using species of 'potential natural vegetation' and planting thirty times more densely than a typical woodland can be a compact and successful way to establish a diverse, multi-layered woodland community in just 15-20 years.

Small, dispersed urban voids can be reactivated by planting woodlands inspired by the Miyawaki Forest method. These woodlands would serve as accessible nature in urban space, a magnificent supplement to open space as well as an essential composition of urban ecosystems to fight climate change. As the woodland germinates and spreads out like the root system of a tree, it can grow into an interlinked network providing significant ecological services and green amenity values.

Problem Context

The City of Glasgow covers an area of 17,730ha with approximately 430ha of this total being woodland cover.  In general, woodland within Glasgow is distributed among a large number of small sites and is often linear in shape. The most deprived communities (20%) are less accessible to woodland. Over 60% of Glasgow’s population live within 500 metres of a derelict site.

The distribution of native woodland in Glasgow expand
Woodland in Glasgow
The Strategy

Planting Miyawaki Forest within urban voids can be a compact and successful way to bring back the native woodland into the Glasgow City.

As people navigate the landscape, they can learn the different succession stages of Miyawaki Forest presented by the vegetation on diverse sites.

The different succession stages of Miyawaki Forest presented by the vegetation on diverse sites.
Sequential landscape
Visitors are engaged in the exploring activities including adventurous tours, foraging trips.
Dynamic activities
Activities guide for community members
Activities guide for community members
Activities guide
Activities guide for community members
Activities guide for community members
Master Plan of Entangled River Clyde expand
Entangled River Clyde
Section of central educational and recreational site expand
Central educational and recreational site
A view from Circle Walk, showing two distinct sceneries.
A view from Clyde Walk, showing people's activities on the edge of River Clyde.
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