South Padbury Primary School
Where restoration, science and people connect
This project will see school children planting a Miyawaki forest at their school in a northern Perth suburb. The forest will be planted as part of a dedicated science project run through the Harry Butler Institute at Murdoch University and as an outreach project for school children.
The school outreach program involves not only teaching children about the Miyawaki method and planting the forest with them, but also provides lessons on urban sustainability issues, climate change and urban greening. The children will be conducting monthly monitoring of the forest as citizen scientists for at least the first two years, and will assess plant growth rates, animal diversity and temperature regimes within and outside the forest. In addition, Grey will also be conducting a dedicated science research project alongside the children, investigating soil microbial activity, soil diversity using eDNA, and plant and animal diversity.
The forest will be planted at South Padbury Primary school on 22 July 2021, and will be the first Miyawaki to be planted at a school in Australia and the first forest of its kind in Western Australia, using the unique plants that are endemic to this region, a recognised global biodiversity hotspot.
Forest Maker Dr Grey Coupland
“The forest at South Padbury Primary school will be comprised of 26 local species, including iconic grass trees, as well as the well known eucalyptus and banksia species. There will be a narrow walkway through the centre of the forest to allow the children to feel surrounded and enclosed by the forest as it matures. ”
— Dr. Grey Coupland