ICHK Hong Lok Yuen Forest
The First Miyawaki Forest in Hong Kong
ICHK Hong Lok Yuen is an accredited Forest School Leadership Centre, which is the highest form of recognition for Forest Schools. Only a few Forest School programmes exist in Hong Kong, and ICHK is the only example of the ethos encompassing the whole school.
As outdoor education is a core aspect of their teaching, they were the perfect candidate to set up the first Miyawaki forest in Hong Kong. Students from grades 4-6 (9-12 years old) were involved not only in planting over 300 tree and shrub seedlings, but personally made name tags for every tree in the forest. They will also be involved in the continuing documentation and monitoring of how the forest grows, and get a chance to immerse in the space through its walkway and barefoot sensory path, observing what biodiversity the site attracts over time.
The school has also set up a timelapse camera that will be part of capturing its transformation.
Forest Maker Camilla Zanzanaini
“The Miyawaki Forest will be a key element for the school to fulfil its vision of being a leader in outdoor learning. By enabling the children to be part of developing and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem, we are empowering them to learn about and love the natural world. This not only enriches their lives but enriches the world around them.”
— Derek Pinchbeck — Head of School
Planting a forest will:
- Provide an educational platform for students , who will be monitoring the forest and taking part in workshops to learn more about individual species, their history and uses
- Attract local biodiversity with food, habitat and species known for being pollinator favourites
- Provide shade and heat relief for the adjacent sports field
- Reinforce a sense of duty and community within the school and among students
- Revive knowledge and care for local species and the surrounding environment