Hong Kong primary school plants Japan’s ‘Miyawaki forest’ to help cool city

Rising temperatures sparked by global warming have led to an even hotter urban climate, created by the so-called heat island effect.

Hong Kong-based social enterprise Nature Makers Lab is seeking to help ease the effects of warm air trapped in urban spaces by planting mini forests around the city that also promote biodiversity.

Based on a system invented by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, Hong Kong’s first dense mini-forest project was carried out with the help of a group of primary school pupils.