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RESCHEDULED Tiny Miyawaki Forest Planting for Neighbour Day

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT


This event has been RESCHEDULED to June 29 due to the ongoing water situation in Bowness.


Land Acknowledgement begins at 10am.

We plan for planting to take until approximately  3pm.

After a year of planning, consultation, and research, the Bowness Tiny Miyawaki Forest will come to life this summer on June 15, and we need your help to make it happen!

Dozens of volunteers are needed to dig their hands and shovels in the earth to plant over 400 seedlings that will make up the Tiny Forest in the BCA geenspace. This is an all ages event and no experience is needed, just time and willingness to get your hands dirty! 

Call 403-288-8300 or email volunteer@mybowness.com to sign up to volunteer and celebrate this project with us.

What is a Miyawaki Forest? Developed by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, the Miyawaki Method involves reintroducing native trees and plants by planting a dense section of native, diverse trees and plants with the help of community members. The Medicine Wheel Tiny Forest was designed specifically for the Bowness location by indigenous artist and designer, Heather Morigeau, a member of the Metis Nation with ancestral ties to the Ktunaxa Nation. The forest will take the shape of a Medicine Wheel, with plants that display red, yellow, black, and white coloring. This symbol incorporates indigenous knowledge with the hope that the forest will serve as a place of learning, gathering, and sharing wisdom with future generations. This project is led by the Calgary Climate Hub, with funding from the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and support from theBowness Community Association. Bowness resident Rob Miller advocated for Bowness as a tiny forest site, along with 4 others being planted in Calgary.

In the spirit of community and volunteerism, we will be planting the forest on Neighbour Day, marking 11 years since historic flooding impacted our community. In 2013, Bownesians demonstrated their dedication to taking care of each other when rebuilding after the flood. In 2024, we are excited to see the neighbourhood come together to build this Tiny Miyawaki Forest of native plants right here at the Bowness Community Association greenspace.



June 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT
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