Ajstrup School Forest. C.F. Møller

Ajstrup School Forest

In a collaboration between Aarhus Municipality and the Danish organisation “Plant a Tree”, C.F. Møller Architects is contributing with the vision and masterplan for a school forest - a wild forest area for learning and nature experiences. With 40,000 newly planted trees at the coastal location of Ajstrup in East Jutland, the school forest will be a spearhead project for the expansion of school forests in Denmark.
 Ajstrup School Forest. C.F. Møller
Facts

Client

Aarhus Kommune
Landsorganisationen Plant et Træ

Address

Ajstrup, Denmark

Size

20 ha.

Year

2022

Landscape

C.F. Møller Architects

Learning and community around nature

The vision for the school forest is to create a forest area that grows every time a child starts school in Aarhus Municipality, with each pupil planting a tree in the forest when entering primary school.

The forest provides a framework for school communities and education in natural environments. Pupils learn about the processes involved in planting a forest and follow the forest’s growth throughout their school years. Eventually, as the forest grows, children learn to navigate and survive in nature. Just as the forest is also an ideal education environment for learning about CO2 storage, photosynthesis, and biodiversity.

Ajstrup School Forest enhances the natural terrain, linking the coast and nature areas at Ajstrup and Norsminde in East Jutland. In the centre of the forest, a wetland adds a wealth of biotopes for animal and plant life. Apart from lookouts on existing hills, wild footpaths and a horse path, the forest has no built-up areas for, for example, fireplaces and shelters. It is up to visitors to create their own campsite and leave the area untouched when they leave. Such experiences contribute to the understanding that nature is worth cherishing and is more than just a backdrop for a walk.

The Children's Forest can potentially obtain a total area of 20 hectares. There will be only one forest road through the area and one cleared path. Furthermore, it will be up to forest visitors to make their own way through the forest, which will be allowed to grow wild. When the forest is fully developed depends on the support of the schools.

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