Barking, London, UK
St Peter's Forest
A London school forest to combat traffic pollution
St. Peter’s Forest is the latest chapter in SUGi’s efforts to rewild industrialised East London. The school is located in the forward-thinking borough of Barking and Dagenham, one of the most polluted areas of London. Creating a Miyawaki forest here would restore the soil and create a corridor in which biodiversity can thrive.
Students will be able to observe rewilding in progress and the forest will supplement the studies of pupils at a formative time in their educational lives. Given the school is directly next to the busy Ripple Road, the planting of native trees will help to reduce pollution in the air, creating a healthier atmosphere for the entire school community.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
A forest classroom will offer our children a learning environment they wouldn't ordinarily experience right on their doorstep. To be able to appreciate the value of nature and outdoor learning will be invaluable to their personal development and wellbeing.
— Gail McBride, Deputy Headteacher, St Peter's Catholic Primary School
Although the school has a wild area, it's not used by the children and is largely neglected by the local biodiversity. By rewilding this area with a mix of native forest and wildflowers, we hope to create a fun interactive play area for the young children to enjoy and learn from.
— James Godfrey-Faussett, SUGi Lead Forest Maker