Falmouth Primary Forest
Restoring endangered temperate rainforests.
Falmouth Primary Forest will provide an outdoor classroom for the children of Falmouth Primary Academy, a small school in the heart of a Cornish town, as a living legacy for Queen Elizabeth. Funded by the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, the project will create a critical pocket of temperate rainforest, a now fragmented and rare ecosystem that once predominated along the west coast of the UK. It thrived thanks to the Gulf Stream, which provides mild, damp conditions that are ideal for rainforest biodiversity to flourish.
Falmouth Primary Forest will forge a connection between hundreds of school children and nature, supporting their wellbeing along with that of the planet.
Forest Report: 2023
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
This forest is located in an exposed site, buffered by the coastal winds. This can lead to a slower growth rate and overall height.
By mulching extremely heavily (30cm) the aim is for this forest to require zero irrigation as it grows.
Planting: March 2023
Why Falmouth Primary Forest?
Once abundant, there are only 1% of the temperate rainforests ecosystems left due to generations of deforestation and felling. These rainforests are now classified as one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.
Together with the creation of other pockets of temperate forest in schools across Cornwall, not only will this project provide a much needed boost to the ecosystem’s survival but it will also show school communities across the region how rainforest biodiversity can thrive on their doorstep. The children will have hands-on experience during the planting and the forest itself will become a living resource that grows up alongside the children.