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WISS Grows a Sanctuary for Endangered plants

February, 2014
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wiss-plantsIn conjunction with The Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center and their chief botanist Qi Tian, the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is creating a sanctuary/reserve on the WISS campus for some of the over two hundred species of plants that are in danger of extinction in Shanghai.  

On 21 February, Tian returned to WISS to begin the detailed study of the space and decide where each plant, tree, bush and flower will go. The list of plants had already been established based on previous visits and collaboration between Tian and WISS. The program will be directed at WISS by the Deputy Principal of Secondary, Myles d’Airelle, and coordinated by Veronica Zhong from the Directors Office. The goal is to establish an intimate relationship with the Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center in which WISS students will have the opportunity to visit and work with trained horticulturalists, to expand their knowledge and learn how to care for all the different species that will be planted at WISS. Tian has also generously given of his time and has pledged to guide WISS until they have institutionalized the practices and their relationship with the center is firmly established. The hope is for the garden to be a way of preserving these plants, beautifying the WISS campus further, and it will further serve the purposes of the science department allowing students to observe all the of the insect and bird life they hope it will attract.

The actual breaking of the soil and planting will begin during the first week of March. “I feel that considering the current environmental issues facing Shanghai, that this will become a model for other property owners to learn from,” added John Cucinello, WISS Director of Community and Service and the founder of the project. 


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