Embracing Nature's Comeback: Laguna Phuket Creates Pocket Forests with SUGi

Laguna Phuket is excited to share a remarkable initiative that recently took place in partnership with rewilding specialists from SUGi. Together, we embarked on a project to reintroduce wild species and create ‘pocket forests’ within our integrated destination. This effort reflects our commitment to preserving the planet’s resources for future generations.

Revitalizing Phuket's Rainforest

Under the guidance of SUGi and following the Miyawaki method of afforestation, the Laguna Phuket team carefully selected secluded areas within the destination to establish self-sustaining ‘pocket forests’ in just a year. During the first phase, a total of 7,500 saplings, from 84 native tree species chosen from a survey of the last remaining virgin rainforest Khao Phra Thaew, were planted across Open Kitchen and Veya Grove.

Miyawaki forests, known for their rapid growth and low maintenance requirements after the initial years, hold immense potential for reforestation. Compared to alternative solutions, these forests grow ten times faster and are thirty times denser. Their abundant foliage provides plentiful forage for pollinators, serves as a sanctuary for birds, and creates a cool and thriving habitat for insects.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Laguna Phuket believes in inspiring the next generation to become stewards of the planet. As part of this commitment, children from the neighborhood and the Laguna Phuket Kindergarten actively participated in the planting event. Not only did they contribute to the rewilding efforts, but they also had the opportunity to learn about local ecosystems, fostering a deeper connection with nature and a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Promoting Interaction Between
People & Nature

By creating spaces where people can fall in love with nature in a different way, Laguna Phuket aims to bridge the gap between communities and rewilding. The Open Kitchen and Veya Grove plots, given ample space and time to thrive, will evolve into biodiversity hotspots, serving as a blueprint for future reforestation initiatives across the Banyan Tree Group’s properties. This dynamic and innovative approach benefits both the local community and visitors, creating a tranquil sanctuary that promotes meaningful interaction with nature.

A Transformational Journey

By reintroducing native flora and fauna, Laguna Phuket continues its commitment to transforming landscapes. The collaboration with SUGi represents the beginning of a global rewilding effort by the Banyan Tree Group, connecting communities with nature.

The Open Kitchen and Veya Grove plots will evolve into biodiversity hotspots, serving as blueprints for future reforestation initiatives. This dynamic approach benefits both the local community and visitors, creating a tranquil sanctuary for meaningful interaction with nature.

The collaboration with SUGi represents the beginning of a chapter dedicated to rewilding Banyan Tree Group’s properties worldwide, fostering a profound connection between communities and the natural world. It marks an important milestone in our journey to preserve the environment. By creating pocket forests using the Miyawaki method, we are revitalizing Phuket’s rainforest and inspiring future generations to become guardians of the planet. We are committed to promoting sustainable communities and providing opportunities for people to connect with the beauty and healing qualities of nature. Together, we can create a more sustainable and kinder future while restoring the indigenous ecosystem that was once considered lost.

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