On the occasion of the 45th National Tree-Planting Day, SJTU integrated its long-lasting tradition of agricultural education by organizing a series of labor education classes in the field. At the same time, the school emphasizes the importance of campus environment construction and continuously updates the green landscape to bring the beauty of spring into the campus.
Planting Cherries and Berries
Cherries are tasty but cherry trees are hard to plant. The Sweet Cherry Team of the School of Agriculture and Biology, SJTU, led their students to uncover the large-scale industry behind the tiny cherries. Last year, over 60 students worked together at the Experimental Cherry Planting Orchard in the west district of the campus, leveling the land and setting up ridges. This spring, nearly 100 sweet cherry trees arrived in the garden. With the help of students, two types of cherries approved by Shanghai Municipality, namely the “Lijing” (SJ-18) and “Jinjing” (SJ-29), were successfully settled in the school. The Orchard, which had been quiet for the whole winter, has come back to life.
Blueberries may be a familiar fruit, but we may seldom know how they are grown. On March 12th, Tree-planting Day, Song Shiren, an associate researcher at the School of Agriculture and Biology, led over 60 students to plant blueberries at the Grape and Wine Science Base on the SJTU campus. With the warm weather, students were enthusiastic and busy with their planting work. After two weeks of hands-on experience, the students not only gained new knowledge and expanded their horizons, but also truly appreciated the hard work involved in agriculture.
SJTU Continues to Upgrade Campus Landscape
Exciting news from SJTU as the campus continues to undergo a stunning transformation with the upcoming completion of Phase I of the Garden Project. This crucial project aims to enhance the campus landscape quality and create a spectacular cultural landmark. The landscape team has conducted years of research and development and has carefully selected new ornamental varieties, including the introduction of aromatic plants. The project has designed four thematic fragrant plant experiment fields, including the refreshing garden, relief garden, breathing garden, and fragrance herb garden. With this project, students can enjoy a healing space surrounded by a sea of fragrant flowers without ever leaving the school.
Minhang Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been designated as the “Shanghai Garden Public Institution” since 1997 for its lush and verdant grounds. With over 400 plant species, including more than 20 that are nationally protected, the campus boasts impressive biodiversity. Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the campus is also home to 87 species of wild birds and 6 species of wild mammals. Students studying on this picturesque campus can immerse themselves in a truly garden-like environment, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife.
SJTU’s commitment to enhancing its campus environment continues to bear fruit. In recent years, the university has undertaken various initiatives to boost the quality of its landscape and provide students with more natural and unique spaces. For example, the atrium of the new library has been transformed into a modern and lively natural garden covering 550 sq.m. Meanwhile, new cornice greening has been added to the teaching building in the west district, and a new roof garden has been built in the Tsoi Tsui Kuk Building. The campus’s street trees have been optimized, and the flower landscape along the road has been enhanced to create an even more vibrant environment. Moreover, with around 3,700 meters of the walking path, 1,000 meters of the river and lake waterfront promenade, and 11,000 sq.m. of the waterside platform, SJTU has gradually established a comprehensive slow-walking path and a greenway for the campus. All of these efforts have made SJTU a lively and green campus.
Translator: Hui Wang
Editor on Duty: Cheng Yan