DAGENHAM, LONDON, UK
Tackling air pollution in industrialised East London
Eastbrook School continues SUGi’s efforts to rewild industrialised East London. The school is located in the dynamic borough of Barking and Dagenham, one of the most polluted parts in the city. The creation of a Miyawaki forest here will restore the soil, create a vibrant biodiversity corridor, and bring nature closer for neighbours, families and the borough as a whole..
Students observe rewilding in progress and exploration of the forest will supplement the studies of both primary and secondary pupils. The dense planting of native trees will also help to reduce pollution in the air, creating a healthier atmosphere for the entire school community.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
Planting trees on school grounds has many benefits such as spreading environmental awareness to students, teachers and the wider community. This will help us all to understand the importance of a wildlife sanctuary and why it should be protected.
— Terri Suter, Year 8 Student, Eastbrook School
It's hoped the 1000 plus pupils of the school will all be involved in the forest creation! The school grounds are generous, but lack any really wild, nature-based areas. The pocket of native forest will help go some way to restore this imbalance - both for nature and for the children
— James Godfrey-Faussett, SUGi Lead Forest Maker
Allowing students to be part of a project that shows the impact of planting trees has on the school community and the diversity of life that emerges as it grows into a thriving ecosystem is truly exciting for us. At this pivotal time of climate change, Eastbrook School can be a model school to lead the way to increase the number of trees in our local community.
— Miss Arnill and Miss Hull, Teachers, Eastbrook School