St Kew's Forest
Restoring endangered temperate rainforests
St Kew’s Forest will serve the community of St Kew’s Primary, a quintessentially English rural school that brings together children from several local villages. The project will create a critical pocket of temperate rainforest, a now fragmented and rare ecosystem that once predominated along the west coast of the UK. It thrived thanks to the Gulf Stream, which provides mild, damp conditions that are ideal for rainforest biodiversity to flourish.
Once abundant, there are only 1% of these ecosystems left due to generations of deforestation and felling. These rainforests are now classified as one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.
Together with the creation of a second pocket of temperate forest at the nearby Trevisker Primary, not only will this project provide a much needed boost to the ecosystem’s survival but it will also show school communities across the region how rainforest biodiversity can thrive on their doorstep. The children will have hands-on experience during the planting and the forest itself will become a living resource that grows up alongside the children.
St Kew’s Forest will forge a connection between hundreds of school children and nature, supporting their wellbeing along with that of the planet.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett