Wiltshire, UK

Lumiar School Forest

A bee-friendly forest in Wiltshire.

Pocket Forest
Miyawaki Method

Lumiar is a small, self funded school currently with 25 children. The school opens young minds, while encouraging creativity, responsibility and environmental awareness.

The children are full of enthusiasm and eager to learn and care for their environment.

By creating the bee-friendly micro forest, we bring children closer to nature, build biodiversity, boost bees, and have loads of fun!


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native species

open field
The Lumiar School Forest just after being planted.
a green forest
The Lumiar School Forest after one year of growth.

“Lumiar is a small, progressive school that engages children with fun hands-on nature-based activities and learning. Our aim is to create a unique bee friendly native forest with the help of the children and local community.”

James Godfrey-Faussett

Lumiar School Forest
"The forests are legacies, but also our children are legacies. So, we combine the two, it kind of takes the world forward in a positive way."—James Godfrey-Faussett, SUGi Head Forest Maker
Planted in November 2020, the Lumiar School Forest contains four hundred and forty trees, including sixteen native species.

Why a Bee Friendly Forest?

Bee populations are diminishing rapidly and alarmingly.  By creating a tiny forest of specific native trees that flower successionally, we can offer the bees an almost continual food source and well as their favoured trees for winter hibernation.

The children study and monitor the bees and the many other forms of biodiversity that Miyawaki forests make possible.

Children help plant the bee friendly forest at the Lumiar School. Miyawaki forests are known to grow ten times faster and become one hundred times more biodiverse than other forests.

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