The History of Nordson Green Earth Foundation
In 1996, Nordy Diploma, a lawyer and native son of Victorias City, province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines, converted an old sugar cane plantation into a thriving 200+ acre, man-made forest, now known as Nordson forest. Many trees within the forest are already more than 100 feet tall. Nordson Forest currently provides the surrounding communities with a sustainable tree canopy that has provided jobs and agriculture to local impoverished communties. Mr. Diploma has also built lofted residences within the forest to provide social housing.
Additionally, land near the forest is dedicated to a STEM school that is researching environmental practices such as the Miyawaki method of native tree planting in order to bring the benefits of forests to more communities.
Nordson Forest Park grew out of what some deemed a crazy idea - planting a forest on an old sugar plantation from which no income would initially be derived. The forest is now home to a tree nursery, nature trails, a research center and an award winning, science high school. Additionally, home sites have been developed for formerly marginalized and impoverished communities.