On November 10th our holiday Christmas trees arrived from Zhejiang province.
Every year the campus adopt 25 real pine-trees for the season. This year we ordered early, not just to get the most beautiful trees but also to create a pine-tree garden at our entrance, giving off that unique smell that pine-trees does (especially on rainy days) while hopefully sowing a seed of appreciation for real trees in our children and parents minds.
It is a campus policy to stay real and true to nature. Some people might argue that using plastic trees for Christmas is environmentally friendly, but we respectfully disagree. Using fake trees made from plastic undermines the economic incentive for the forest industry and does not make it attractive for farmers or landowners to invest in tree farming in the long run. Basically, if there is no "Christmas tree business" there will be less people caring about growing trees, in this case Christmas trees.
Further, plastic trees as all plastic products are not biodegradable and takes thousands of years to decompose, they do not clean our air and if they give off any scent it is that of plastic. As a place of education we would love for children to admire nature as it is, the colors, the scent and feel. The fact that it is alive and needs sun, water and the right temperature to live. If it does wither, we can use it as compost or re-use its branches in art/recycling lessons, trees are giving!
This year, our trees came early so that they could settle in their larger wooden pots, with more soil and more time outside, before they go in the class-rooms we are hopefully that many trees will survive and beautify our campus in the tree garden long after the holiday season passes.
Anders S C
Hui Xin Principal