Rion des Landes, France
Rion Des Landes College
Cultivating greenery and tranquility for children in a treeless environment.
This college in Rion des Landes has many outdoor spaces but a real lack of trees. The entrance courtyard is exposed to full sun, and during the summer months the students have very few places to shelter during their break time nor do they have access to any significant greenery.
Using the Miyawaki method, we will plant 29 native species with the children, their teachers and families. The aim is to share environmental values and the skills of creating a forest. The college students will also be trained to maintain and monitor the forest, so it will make a contribution not simply their wellbeing but also their studies.
The Rion Des Landes College project will have a direct impact on the daily lives of the students, and we hope it will be a source of joy for the entire school community.
Forest Maker MiniBig Forest
“SUGi’s Forest Makers at MiniBigForest and the teachers of the Marie Curie college in Rion-des-Landes are partnering to create a natural dense forest. At the entrance to the college, this forest will link up with the adjacent primary school and provide shade and freshness, critical for the well-being of schoolchildren in this currently treeless environment”
— Noëlie Courier, MiniBig Forest Maker