SUGi
UK

Cornwall, UK

Koswik Law

A temperate rainforest in Cornwall

School
Miyawaki Method
Urban

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.


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Sustainable temperate rainforest in Cornwall

1,800

Trees

500

SQUARE METERS

18

NATIVE SPECIES

a green field with goal
The site, before planting.
a brown field
The Miyawaki Forest is thriving after 1 year growth.

“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.

Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) - tallest species
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a young boy with a plant in his backpack
Students from St Columb Major Academy work together to plant 1,800 trees on 500 square meters.
Eighteen species of native plant species were planted in the new Miyawaki forest at St Columb Major Academy.

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