Thames View Forest
A school forest to rewild industrialised east London
Located in a heavily polluted area of London, yet near to the historic river Thames, this school forest will provide access to nature for children who have little green space in their daily lives. The forest will support the science curriculum for these young students, give hands-on exposure to the importance of biodiversity and give them an active role in boosting the ecological richness of the area.
The forest will play a role in mitigating airborne pollution, allowing the children and the broader community to breathe cleaner air. The area will be a peaceful haven for insects and mammals to thrive amongst the urban sprawl, along with people. The trees selected for the project will be ones that have evolved to live and thrive in an urban environment.
This will be SUGi’s third project in the borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
Here at Thames View Junior we pride ourselves on providing our children with a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. By participating in this project with SUGi we are very proud to be giving our children a range of opportunities and experiences that will develop them as compassionate citizens of the future. By working with SUGi we are giving our children a real chance to make a real difference.
— Sandy Sanghera, Deputy Headteacher, Thames View Junior School