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The Forestias brings Bangkok back to nature


The Forestias brings Bangkok back to nature

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The Forestias will reconnect Bangkokians with nature at a 158 acre forested neighbourhood in Bangna, wedding high tech with deep forest for sustainable well-being. Imagine waking to the dawn chorus of a forest. You draw the curtains open. The woodland stretches out invitingly before you. You have time for a run before hopping on the eco-friendly shuttle to work.Outside, the morning air is as fresh as iced water. A shady pathway leads you to the heart of the forest. You jog on past the creek. Yet you are still in the city. The Skytrain station nearby can whisk you to the centre of Bangkok in minutes. Highways put the airport and other cities in easy reach. Every amenity for modern living is onsite, from shops to offices, restaurants, entertainment, healthcare.

For All well-being

This vision of eco-friendly well-being is The Forestias, a 158 acre green district that international developer MQDC aims to complete at Bangna in 2022. Joyful mornings are part of a much wider goal in well-being, says Ms. Natenapis Sookbang, the President of The Estate, the international developer’s resale and rental specialist.

“MQDC is founded on a concept ‘For All Well-Being’, which means we aim to provide well-being for all – residents, nearby communities, wider society, nature, whether plant, animal, or insect,” she says. “The Forestias will care for all its residents, both human and wildlife. There will even be a 6,000sqm reserve of deep forest. Here, no one will set foot except rangers, offering a haven for the shyest forest creatures.” Above all, MQDC is aiming for humankind and the rest of nature to live again as one.

The Miyawaki Method

But how to rebuild that link when ecosystems are so damaged?
To bring real forest back to Bangkok, the team at The Forestias is drawing on the work of Akira Miyawaki. The Japanese botanist’s discoveries are claimed to speed up reforesting 10 times and to produce forest 30 times denser.

A key element in the ‘Miyawaki method’ is the choice of plants. In Japan, Miyawaki had studied the trees around cemeteries, temples, and shrines. Why was the mix of species so different from other woodland? He realised that these trees were relics of Japan’s original forest. Many species long viewed as native were, in fact, interlopers.

A series of stunning reclamations followed at 1,300 sites in Japan and other tropical countries. Damaged soil and ecosystems could be saved – and much faster than anyone had dared hope. Building on this knowledge, The Forestias aims for tall trees within 3 years and a fully restored ecosystem within 10. The return of rare wildlife like otters will signal when recovery is complete.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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