A temperate rainforest in Cornwall
The UK has its own unique rainforest ecosystems, known as temperate rainforest.
These grow on the west coast of the UK along the gulf stream, which provides mild damp conditions ideal for rainforest biodiversity to flourish.
Once abundant, there are now only 1% of these special spaces left and they are classified as one ( if not the most ) endangered forest ecosystem in the world.
The conditions allow for unique species of lichen, algae,moss, and ferns to establish and flourish.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
“St Columb Major Academy is situated on the Atlantic coastline of Cornwall. With over 300 pupils, it’s a community passionate about promoting biodiversity for nature and as a resource for learning.”
— Hugo Smith, Class Teacher St Columb Major Academy
Forest Report - 1 Year Growth
Survival Rate - 96%
Average of tallest 3 trees: 278cm*
*Calculated as the mean
The forest has really increased in height and density during months 12 to 15. The more pioneering species are approaching 3 metres in height, creating perfect conditions for the more semi-shade loving species such as hazel (Corylus avellana) and holly (Ilex aquifolium). Downy birch (Betula pubescens) is currently the tallest species in the forest at 280cm, with an average girth of 30mm. The oaks are slower growing - as is their tendency - but they are taking shape as they would in a natural temperate rainforest environment.