There are over 1600 species of bamboo around the world.
A member of the grass family, it is found on every continent except Europe and Antarctica.
Bamboo’s resilience, versatility, and unique ability to grow quickly and create complex root systems make it a vital species in its native ecosystem.
It provides a habitat for biodiversity, reduces land degradation, stabilizes slopes, and produces oxygen, absorbs heavy metals, sequesters carbon, and has over 1000 uses – including replacing plastics, paper, and wood.
As part of our Forest Bears week, we decided to explore this fascinating ecosystem.
To do so, students wore panda bear masks.
They were also encouraged to interact with our “real” bamboo forest – a collection of bamboo stalks “planted” at the school.