His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa was invited by His Eminence Thuksey Rinpoche, Chairperson of the Druk White Lotus School, to inaugurate the "Dragon Garden", and to watch a series of performances by the school children and a presentation by the landscape architects from UK.
This year has seen the South block of Residence 4 constructed, from the foundations being dug through to completion, accommodating 44 students and including a latrine block.
The two-IT suites pictured below have also been completed, and facilities for the School Managing Committee are being built on site too.
In order to landscape the school campus and create gardens, the site needs irrigating. A drip irrigation system is being installed that requires digging trenches throughout the site for the main water pipes. The JCB has been invaluable for this work.
The final components of the 1km long defence wall are finished, this has been a huge undertaking and taken two years to complete. The wall averages 3m high.
The JCB digging foundations at the beginning of the construction season in April.
We wish to create a lush garden landscape for the school community. We started this year in April with a volunteer landscape architect, Yiannis Baltagiannis, creating planted areas along the central residential spine of the campus, see below:
Yiannis started a plant nursery to nurture seedlings for additional planting, see below:
Yiannis also got the greenhouse in use again following the winter, see below:
After three months, Simon Brown, another volunteer landscape architect, took over from Yiannis.
Simon developed the plant nursery concept with a specialist from the University of Greenwich, London, Tom Turner. A new planting area in front of the greenhouse has been created for growing vegetables, see below:
Drip irrigation of the campus is planned for 2013, allowing controlled watering and efficient use of water.
We are creating a landscape strategy with help from specialists at the University of Greenwich. Tom Turner, spent two weeks in Ladakh to help with this process, see below:
The students enjoyed the summer gardening competition in which they worked on garden areas outside their classrooms, see below:
2012 was a busy year. Two IT-enabled classrooms were built, plus the North block of Residence 4 which will accommodate 44 remote area students. The masonry work on the mudslide defenses was also completed, the wall now being about 1km long and up to 3 metres high. A huge congratulations to the Construction Team.
Below: IT-enabled classrooms being painted and completed.
Below: Residence 4 under construction.
Below: The defensive wall to protect from any future mudslide event.
Below: The local Construction Manager (right) and UK Development Manager (left).
Construction after the long winter started again in April 2012 with work on two Secondary School classrooms, finishing the defensive structure on the Eastern boundary and work on landscaping the school campus. The North block of Residence 4 will be starting soon too - a very busy summer construction season for Angdus (Construction Manager) and his team.