Ruderal collaborated with local experts and nursery managers to develop species mixes to replace the monocultural plantings of the past. Mtatsminda features a wide range of exposures, moisture levels, and soils, so each “forest patch” is adapted to a specific ecological niche that appears on the south-facing slope above Okrokana.
Planting in large groups, rather than scattered fragments, increases the ecological potency and regenerative potential of each patch type. The large drifts will also have a significant aesthetic impact, both from within the forest and from far away, especially when the trees bloom in the spring and summer and the leaves change color in autumn.
The patches include low-growing shrubs and taller trees to provide cover for birds and wildlife and to aid in the establishment of a more robust forest. Unlike the pine and cedar monoculture planted in the late 20th century, the new patches create varied conditions and experiences.
Read more about the Mtatsminda forest project in Investor.ge
Link to the article about the Rebuilding of Mtatsminda Forest: Okrokana
Link to the article about the Development of the workflow for Visualising the Mtatsminda Forest