DWLS India. April – August 2014

I was really fortunate to be invited to volunteer as a Resident Landscape Architect at the Druk White Lotus School in Ley,  Ladakh in the Northern India region of Jammu and Kashmir for a few months last Summer.  My role was to help with the development of the landscape of this large school designed by ARUP associates.  The school is at 3500m within the Himalayas in a high altitude desert environment.  It is only open for 8 months of the year as the winter weather is so harsh.  There are 700 pupils, many of whom are residents as they live too far away to attend daily.  It was a fascinating, exciting and challenging experience to work in such a remote region, at high altitude and within such a different working and living culture.  I was made very welcome by everybody and had a wonderful and life enhancing experience. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore a stunning part of the world that it is unlikely I would otherwise have had.

Hands on high altitude site work

Hands on high altitude site work

Buying tools in Leh with Head Gardener, Tsetan.

Buying tools in Leh with Head Gardener, Tsetan.

Tsetan and Assistant gardener, Rigzin, planting fruit trees in the nrusery

Tsetan and Assistant gardener, Rigzin, planting fruit trees in the Plant Nursery

Will arch planting

Willow arch planting in the adventure play area

Students planting

Students planting

Help with digging from the House Mothers

Help with digging from the House Mothers

Kindergarden pupils visit the Plant Nursery

Kindergarden pupils visit the Plant Nursery

School assembly

School assembly surrounded by the Himalaya

 Please see the links below for more information about the project.