Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand better.”
Our students are learning to understand nature. Earlier today, they had the opportunity to give life by planting trees through our Global Tree Twinning project. This unique and pioneering project is in collaboration with Barnet Council and Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation.
Its exciting aspect is that each tree planted by our students in London will be reciprocated, with a planted tree, in Nepal by Nepalese students. This is a project that certainly evokes the ideas of the pillars of Global Vision and Community, central to who we are at Dwight. The tree planting project was graciously inaugurated by the Deputy Mayor of Barnet on the 8th of September, with the planting of two Himalayan birch trees at the Jubilee site.
Dwight School London aims to plant 2000 trees in Barnet by 2020-21. The COVID pandemic certainly challenged us, though Dwight has already managed to overcome its hindrance! These trees have been gifted by Woodland Trust for planting in a specifically designated site by Barnet Council.
The site is adjacent to the Friern Barnet Retail Park, near the busy urban area of the North Circular Road, where polluting vehicles thunder past day and night. The trees we have planted are of various varieties that will eventually grow to absorb the huge carbon emissions emitted in this environment. The lovely saplings will in years to come become majestic trees and thriving bushes that also provide habitation to the depleting local bird wildlife of the city.
Our M1 Forest School students have already planted 220 tree saplings during the Autumn term of 2020. Heralding the event of Spring, today a further 200 trees were planted by our M2 and M3 Garden Club students. The sight of wonderful rows of saplings protected by plastic sheets is a delight to behold. Mrs Cobbin, our Head of School, has done the honour of placing a plaque on this plantation site to mark Dwight School’s attempts to make a difference to climate change through ‘thinking global and acting local’.
I encourage parents to make a trip to visit this site, which has a gorgeous attractive park too!
Head of Personalised Learning