Global warming is making the Earth hotter and hotter. Although cultivating plants can help mitigate rising temperatures and cool down the urban area by absorbing carbon dioxide, the land for greenery is limited in the city. "Campus rooftop gardens" provide extra green space, and a chance for students to farm or garden. With the help of educational activities, rooftop gardening can provide a lively environmental course.
The Campus Green Roof Scheme is a first attempt to combine rooftop garden infrastructure and environmental education. Three rooftop gardens with different themes, Herb Garden, Butterfly Garden and Organic Farm, have been built on three schools: on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and in the New Territories. Environmental education training will be organised for students, teachers and parents while information panels and handbooks on relevant themes have also been prepared to facilitate a more effective use of rooftop gardens.
Compared to rooftop greenery projects of other buildings and campuses, our rooftop gardens are among the few which are open to all students and teachers at all times. Students participate in cultivating plants and the gardens become convenient places to learn about ecology. This way, the concept of "Learning in the Environment" can be achieved.
Herb Garden (The HKLCC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity)
Ten herb species were planted in the garden, including Rosemary, Mint, Lemongrass and Basil. Herbs are not only fragrant but can also provide raw materials for dyes, installations and crafts and can thus be used for creating art. The HKLCC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity is the first secondary school to focus on design and art. Students can integrate growing plants with the arts.
Butterfly Garden (Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School)
This is an open-plan butterfly garden divided into two areas: Nectar Plant Area and Caterpillar Food Plant Area. The former attracts adult butterflies to feed and rest; the latter attracts females to lay eggs. Here, students can observe different butterfly species, and learn to appreciate the beauty and value of butterflies and nature.
Organic Farm (Precious Blood Primary School (South Horizons))
There are 6 small farming areas in the rooftop organic farm which allow students to work with their hands and learn about farming. Here, students can farm in a safe and convenient environment.