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Patana Students Lead The Way Planting 540 Trees In Khao Yai

Location: Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Date: 27th January – 5th February 2015
No. of trees planted: 540 Trees

We’re happy to report that another very successful Year 5 Residential Trip has been completed by Bangkok Patana Year 5 students. Over a fantastic 2 week period the PATT staff had the pleasure of teaching and getting to know 179 very bright and very enthusiastic kids. Students, teachers and nursery staff all enjoyed themselves thoroughly, and as a bonus we also helped to create a living fence between the wildlife and human communities that live in and on the edge of Khao Yai national park.

Activities included sowing the seeds of a snake tree, potting coral wood saplings (shown with red seeds) into bigger containers, a nature walk through the forest and tree planting, of 14 different species. You can see from the pictures that the kids really enjoyed getting their hands dirty, and dedicated their baby trees to friends, family, teachers or their favourite celebrities. While exploring the forest with our local guide, everyone was invited to try some fresh tamarind from a very large tree, which Sue is holding up in a photo. Knocking it out of the tree was the first challenge, and coping with the sourness of the fruit was the second. But most couldn’t get enough!

The biggest challenge of the day came after lunch when we took the kids just inside the edge of the park to plant 3 trees each. The main difficulty was the steepness of the slope in the degraded patch that we were replanting, and the dead grasses we had previously chopped back only made it harder to manage. But working together, and with a helping hand from the grown-ups, every single student was able to tackle the challenge and plant all of their trees on the steep terrain. And of course they managed to have a great time while they did it! Roll on the next trip.

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