Maipú Student Forest
An urban forest for students in Maipú.
Planting an indigenous forest at the Liceo Bicentenario de Maipú has seen greenery restored and has provided a site for biodiversity to flourish in the busy city of Santiago. The site is next to a main road and consequently, Maipú School Forest will tackle air pollution, enabling the entire school community to breathe more easily.
Thanks to its visibility from the roadside, the forest will, in time, become a recognisable landmark in the local community, showing how green interventions can bring physical, mental and emotional benefits to all.
“The Miyawaki forests are not only an ecological experience, but also an ethical one, as they bring us closer to nature even in the city, awakening curiosity, recognition, attachment and, finally, an ethic of care. We hope that more and more people, especially children and young people, will be able to live this experience, developing a sense of belonging and care for our natural heritage.”
Team Bosko, SUGi Forest Maker
Forest Report: 2023
Average Tallest 3 Trees
It is wonderful to see biodiversity thriving here. There is a considerable amount of flowering, with the presence of bumblebees, finches, and doves. The shrub layer is at the same level as the tree layer, while the low (herbaceous) layer is slightly below.
In the future, the intention is to open up the space to the local community, not just the educational community. Additionally, there is a plan to create a classroom in the spaces between the forest patches, which has a significant impact on reducing external noise (vehicles) in that area of the school.
Maintenance has been carried out by the students of the high school themselves, and the counselor notes that it has had quite positive effects, especially for those students with relational problems and mental health problems.
Urban Heat Profile:
The Urban Heat Island Effect is affecting cities more and more each year and temperetures in urban areas can go up to 12 degrees hotter. This can be reduced and prevented by planting urban forests like this. We collected the air temperatures on a hot day in November at Maipú Student Forest and saw amazing results.
Air Temperature Difference
Surface Temperature Difference
Planting: October 2022
"Schools are meant to be spaces full of life, that stimulate the senses and enable learning. With great joy and gratitude, we start to turn a lost area of our school into a thriving forest that will give our students more opportunities for learning, playing and enjoying nature."
Ingrid Olea, Head of Control of the Educational Corporation of Maipú