Option Leader: Ms Stephanie Marmagne
This activity will be run by Paul Melsom of Eagleowl on Lantau, a native tree restoration expert and horticulturalist and a familiar face around both Island School Campuses!
This week of eco-activities is a great opportunity for students to learn some useful hands on skills for restoring a very degraded hillside on Lantau Island and finding out about ecological history of the damage caused. The on-going native tree restoration project enables soil erosion to be controlled, enhances the native biodiversity enriching the ecosystem and helps beautify the landscape. There will also be two hikes to learn more about how the ecology of Lantau is being affected and learn names of trees. Additionally one day will be spent in the school making a small tree nursery area and sowing tree seeds.
The earth is in need of practitioners to help restore the forests and in the future it will need professionals with these skills to help heal its wounds. The more biodiversity we can save in Hong Kong and the rest of the world now is crucial for the survival of this planet.
This activity will be useful for students who will taking Environmental systems courses (ESS), Biology I.B. Geography I.B. or those who enjoy nature and want to become involved and help restore some of the Hong Kong forest ecosystem. The unique conservation skills learnt on this week’s course may help in determining your future interests.
Day 1 Tree restoration on Lantau Island
This is hands on practical for students the who will gain unique skills in native tree restoration for this unique project. The maintenance will include watering seedling trees, making protective tree guards and erecting them, applying protective mats to the seedling trees and raking the firebreak.
Day 2 Ecology Hiking
Coastal hike from Tai O to Tung Chung with great sea views, including visit to the famous Tai O fishing village on stilts. From the walk it is possible sometimes to see Pink Dolphins and look for Horse shoe crabs in bays along the walk.
Day 3 In Island School making a mini tree nursery
Students will learn how to make a mini tree nursery area set aside in the school for growing trees from seed to be planted in the new school grounds in Borrett road and Lantau Island. They will be taught the skill of tree seed sowing. The students will also learn how to install automatic irrigation for the tree seedlings and making a bamboo growing frame.
Day 4 Tree restoration on Lantau Island
Tree restoration Lantau This is hands on practical for students the who will gain unique skills in native tree restoration for this project. The maintenance will include watering seedling trees, making protective tree guards and erecting them, applying protective mats to the seedling trees and raking the firebreak.
Day 5 Ecology Hiking
Hike to Sunset Peak, stunning views and learn about the Lantau’s native forest ecology and the effects of the silent non-native forests.