This pocket forest represents the original Atlantic Forest from before urbanization, wealthy in species and food resources. More and more people are living in cities each day. And in Brazil, the country with the greatest biodiversity on the planet, 90% of the urban vegetation is foreign, a phenomenon mirrored in other places throughout the world.

Realizing the distance between the population and its inherited biodiversity can allow for us to reflect profoundly on preservation and nourishment. For example, take Brazilian native fruits, which are unknown to most of the population. Currently, among the 20 most produced fruits in Brazil, only two are native, passion fruit and pineapple. While everyone knows about the banana or the mango, from Asia, few know about the cambuci or the araçá, from Brazil.

Pocket forests are made with a technique that allows for us to accommodate stretches from agroforests, the Atlantic Forest, and Cerrado within an urban scale, in a space of at least 20 m². They become important tools for the assurance of quality of life and food and environmental education to our communities.

In São Paulo, since 2016, 12 forests and agroforests have been implanted, with the support of private enterprises. That totals 4,992 trees that exist now because of the participation of more than 3,000 volunteer citizens.

Ricardo Cardim
Cardim Arquitetura Paisagística

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Fábrica de Árvores
First Brazilian nursery to use up-to-date technology in the production of Brazilian native trees. It produces high-performance seedlings of more than 80 different plant species, including those that bear rare fruits.

Tropical Plantas
Nursery that researches and develops aesthetically pleasing ornamental plants from different Brazilian biomes, like bromeliads, imbés, and adult palm trees.

Legado das Águas
Legado das Águas’ nursery is Brazil’s largest private Atlantic Forest reserve. It grows native rarities, and brings to the city species such as jussara palm and cambuci, abundant in their forests.