Bamboo known, around the world, as a versatile, sustainable and environmentally friendly woody material. This fascinating plant is gaining an increasing popularity, because of the attractive features, which include, the ability to adapt to many climate conditions, fast growing and self generating, the material is lightweight, strong and flexible, reduces and sequesters CO2 gases and actually can generate 35% more oxygen than trees. These viable advantages makes bamboo a potential competitor of timber industry, which currently contributes to the deforestation of the world’s natural forests.
Bamboo has many uses in the woodwork, design, construction and crafts, numerous items can be and are being made, that can potentially replace plastic products, which pollute our earth and oceans. Due to the chemical composition of plastic, that makes it hard to decay, bamboo wood and fiber is a natural material, therefor decays well and can be composted safely.
For centuries, bamboo plays an important role in everyday life of many cultures, where bamboo is native, it provides housing, furnishing and even food. In Canary Islands bamboo is relatively new and there are no native species growing in the wild, although there is a long tradition of woodwork and crafts, where bamboo like plants are being used to make baskets, furniture and many other items.
Bamboos are the members of botanical family, called Poaceae (grasses), one of the most extensive and important to the mankind. There are more than 1300 species with many different characteristics, from tall to short, fat to skinny, black to yellow and so on, but generally can be divided into two groups, invasive and non-invasive. Invasive types known as running bamboos (monopodial), they are the fastest growing bamboos and are capable of producing many shoots, spreading fast and far, although there are ways to control this type of species, by installing deep underground partitions. The non-invasive clumping bamboo (sympodial) is a tropical type, that is shallow-rooted, grows in dense clumps and expands slowly. The growth is limited because each rhizome produced develops into a single shoot, located very close to its mother culm, this makes the plant predictable and non-invasive.
At Bamboo Forest Fruits we only plant non-invasive clumping bamboo.
The conversion of degraded agricultural land to a bamboo forest, creates an ecosystem, that turns derelict land into vibrant habitat for wildlife and combined with fruit trees and other edible plants, a permaculture oasis.