WWF Green Schools – Plantation Day at the Abruzzi School Garden

WWF celebrated Green schools Pakistan day on Apr 22 – a day when school children across the country were encouraged to plant as many trees as possible on their school grounds. The Abruzzians pledged to plant fifteen trees – except ended up planting many more

recently several mature willow trees had been cut down due to disease, so the boys and girls replanted the area with 20 willows Рthree local variaties Рfor shade and maintaining the school biodiversity/habitat
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a dozen fruit trees were planted as well

and a handful of poplars – for defining boundaries and creating angular shade.

 

 

 

 

A short video clip about plantation day at the Abruzzi School.

Plantation Day

Spring planting in the garden

Planting a grape vineAs of March 1st, 2013 Tahereh Sheerazie is back in Shigar to continue where volunteers Currim Suteria, Ibtesam Pooya and Hira Nabi left off and begin building the garden while connecting the work with

math and english curriculum for 6th and 7th grade students. Students have been planting fruit trees and taking some of their lessons outdoors. Spring is in the air in Shigar and there are exciting things in store for everyone involved in the garden.

Volunteer Application Form

Looking to gain hands-on experience in maintaining an organic garden and working with children? Enhancing

your architectural and design skills? Interacting with young students about learning from the great outdoors? You are the volunteers we are look

ing for to work on the Abruzzi School Garden project in the spectacular Shigar valley in Baltistan.

Last date to apply to volunteer is June 28. Download the application form here:

2012 Abruzzi School Garden Volunteer Application Form

Gardens and Horticulture in Baltistan

Benedict Bull in the book Karakoram: Hidden Treasures in the Northern Areas of Pakistan

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gnleft size-thumbnail wp-image-961″ title=”shigar” src=”http://www.abruzzischoolgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/shigar-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />Shigar, like other regions of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, has a specialised and strong horticultural tradition. Its cultivated land lies in a most sophisticated and extensive irrigation network. The Shigar Fort Residence project conducted by the Aga Khan Cultural Service-Pakistan (AKCS-P) has had to find imaginative solutions to the perennial problems surrounding gardens and their neighbourhoods by addressing issues of public access and private use, cultural identity, environmental health and improvement, and developing conservation norms and practices.

More here.