Our Green Campus
As an international school not far from Nairobi, we have a proud eco-focus. Our students make full use of our amazing green campus, which is surrounded by a 40-acre indigenous forest and beautiful tea fields, and situated within the Brackenhurst Botanic Garden. The Brackenhurst Botanic Garden is one of only 22 botanic gardens in the world that has a Level III status from ArbNet, an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta and tree-focused professionals. It is home to over 500 different tree species, which is more than all of Europe, Canada and approximately equal to the whole of the USA!
Our Early Years students use weekly nature and birds walks through our indigenous forest as part of their learning, whilst regular engagement with surrounding nature and exploring our wide, open spaces is part and parcel of the school life of every child at Woodland Star.
We are continually striving to reduce our carbon footprint and to work towards becoming a greener campus.
As such we work hand-in-hand with Brackenhurst Conference Center, on whose campus we are located, as well as their long-standing partners, including Plants for Life International.
On our greater campus, we have already had great successes in and continue to be committed to:
- The continued conversion of a ‘silent’ Eucalyptus plantation into 40 acres of indigenous forest with a rich, and increasing, biodiversity
- A healthy, natural wetland that filters river water, neutralizing harmful farm chemicals, effluent in providing clean water for the community downstream
- Growth of our own firewood, meaning that we control the chopping of trees as well as their replanting
- Drastically reducing our plastic waste and to separate and recycle our garbage (we have partnered campus-wide with TakaTaka Solutions, and aim reduce our non-recyclable waste down to only 5%).
- Growing our own organic vegetable garden for our school lunches and teas. This results in decreased use of pesticides, a lower carbon footprint, and creates a model for surrounding communities
- Reducing our reliance on wood-fuel through increasing our solar heating capacity
- Reduce our water usage and wastage through a wide variety of creative techniques