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New Eco Garden for Dulwich College Suzhou Junior School Students

September, 2016
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Amidst great excitement Dulwich College Suzhou opened a new eco playground for the Junior School students (aged 7 to 11 years old). After many months of planning over the summer to install and complete the project, it was wonderful to finally see this new space open for our students to explore.

dulwich-suzhou-eco-gardenDavid Porritt, Headmaster at Dulwich College Suzhou, said, “Inspirational learning spaces are hugely important at Dulwich College Suzhou. The idea behind this concept is to allow our Junior School students to experiment and grow their understanding of the natural environment. The children now have an inspiring outdoor learning space and we look forward to integrating outdoor learning into many different areas of the curriculum.”

The overall design was undertaken by Greenspace, based in Shanghai, who specialize in integrating play, the environment, adventure and educational outdoor spaces. This latest development builds on the projects already in place as part of the wider philosophy concerning sustainability at the College.

This new eco playground features a hydroponics wall, recycling bins, aquaponics, vegetable beds and composting. The hydroponic garden is where plants are grown without soil, resulting in 30-50% faster growth and higher yields because nutrients are sent directly to the plants’ root system. In the aquaponic pond, fish are an integral part of the system. The fish waste provides organic food for the growing plants and the plants naturally filter the water in which the fish live. The children will be able to experiment and learn about all of these different areas and systems.

This project fits in perfectly with the broader strategy of sustainability at the College, which involves creating innovative learning spaces all around the campus, reconnecting the students with nature and being mindful of the impact on the environment. 

 

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