Our story, how we started and our journey so far...
December 2008, Meeting Dr Akira Miyawaki
Afforestt’s founder Shubhendu attended a lecture by Dr Akira Miyawaki at Toyota Bangalore where he used to work as an engineer.
First forest with Dr Miyawaki in June 2009
Shubhendu worked as a volunteer with Dr Miyawaki at his first forest creation project in India.This is how the project looked like after 2 years in June 2011.
Research and Documentation of the Miyawaki Method
In December 2009 we started studying, researching and documenting the Miyawaki Method. This resulted in SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) documents on how to create a forest using the Miyawaki Method.
November 2010, Creation of our first backyard forest
To test his skill and knowledge, Shubhendu independently created his first forest in Uttarakhand (India) using the Miyawaki method.This is how the project looked like after 3 years.
January 2011, Launch
Launched Afforestt on 1st Jan, 2011. We presented our work for the first time at the Bhoomi conference in Bangalore in January 2011.
August 2011, First residential project
After showcasing Afforestt’s mission and vision at various forums, we got our first project as a company to create a backyard forest in Whitefield Bangalore.
October 2012, INK Fellow
Shubhendu was awarded the INK Fellowship and given a chance to present Afforestt’s work at the INK conference.
September 2013, Ashoka Fellow
Shubhendu was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship and Afforestt was recognised as a social enterprise.
March 2014, TED
Shubhendu was awarded the TED Fellowship and he spoke at the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. After the talk was released online, Afforestt received major international attention.
March 2015, Namma Bengaluru Award
Shubhendu received the Namma Bengaluru award for outstanding contribution to Bangalore City.
June 2015, Shankarpalli
Our first large scale project. 10+ acres, 1,20,000 saplings.
August 2015, Afforestt in the US
Our first international project.
September 2015, Open source.
Went open source
November 2015, IVN, The Netherlands
Our first International community based forest creation project. Also our first project in Europe.
March 2016, Singapore Zoo
Created a forest for the Singapore Zoo.
May 2016, Japan
Joined Dr Miyawaki’s Morino project in Iwanuma, Japan.
May 2016, Second TED Talk
Shubhendu’s second TED talk released, with emphasis on sharing the method.
July 2016, Rajasthan
Created a forest on an extremely degraded piece of land. Used Jeewamrit for the first time
September 2016, Iran
Created a forest in an extremely difficult climatic zone.
Feburary 2017, Bangalore Airport
First forest in the premises of an airport.
Forestscaping at Dream Gardens, Lahore.
Term ‘Forestscaping’ coined by Afforestt. Launch of Forestscaping services.
November 2017, Nicaragua
First forest in Latin America.
December 2017, Third TED Talk
Opportunity to speak at TED Hindi, hosted by Shah Rukh Khan.
Feburary 2018, IVN Wins
Our client in The Netherlands wins a award of 1.8 million Euros to plant 100 Tiny Forests all over the country.
June 2018, LOTUS Project
Created a forest for the Dept of Biotechnology, Govt of India, in New Delhi.
October 2018, Maruvan
Started one of our most ambitious projects, combining seed bank creation, nursery, forest, water conservation and sustainable habitat.
Feburary 2019, Discovery Channel
Got featured on Planet Healers on Discovery Channel.
Feburary 2019, Eco Sikh
Large scale global community engagement with a religious organisation.
April 2019, Wooded Grassland, Leh
First project in a high altitude cold desert. Creation of a wooded grassland.
April 2019, SUGi
Collaboration with SUGi, a crowdfunding platform for afforestation projects worldwide.
May 2019,Beirut RiverLESS
Partially raising funds through SUGi, we did our first project in the Arab world.