Emily returned to Indonesia in February 2019 to design some bird themed products which can be made by the indigenous Batin Sembilan people who live in the Hutan Harapan, Forest of Hope, the last remaining area of lowland rainforest in South Sumatra. It was the first Ecosystem Restoration Concession granted by the Indonesian government and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has supported the initiative for 18 years. It is home to many critically endangered birds as well as Sumatran tigers and Asian Elephant. A small community of Batin Sembilan , who are indigenous to the region, also live in the forest and the aim is to utilise their traditional weaving and craft skills and use sustainable materials such as rattan and pandanus grass that can be cultivated in the forest to make baskets, nest boxes and decorations suitable for sale by the RSPB. The hope is to kick start a community craft industry and offer an alternative to working in the palm oil plantations which completely surround this forest.
Tag / Reforestation
Log baskets from Operation PLANET BASKET were a great success at Greenbuild 2017. Emily sold out of small baskets and plenty of Norfolk woodburner owners bought the giant baskets for bulk log storage. They also attracted the attention of buyers and gardeners from The Kelling Estate and Felbrigg Hall . Everyone noted the quality and strength of these extra strong Log baskets and their green credentials and contribution to rainforest regeneration in Borneo
Everyone noted how strong and well made the Rattan baskets were and their eco friendly credentials and positive contribution to reforestation in the lowland peat rainforests in Indonesia .