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A Report from Xianning Vocational Technical College onBuilding Garden Units
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 08-06-15
 

 

It’s a shinning pear embedded beside the Gan River in Wenquan, Hubei province, and also a slowly unfolding picture of landscapes and gardens. Here, green and humanity, elegance and serenity combine into harmonious movements. It seems to be inadvertently that the landscapes and gardens should step into the life of people who live in Xianning Vocational Technical College so vividly.

Xianning Vocational Technical College is really attractive with green hills and clear waters, blooming flowers in sequence, swaying weeping-willows, luxuriant and well-spaced flowering woods, bright windows and clean tables, elegant education environment, fresh air as well as pleasant scenery. Its entire distribution is rational and artistic, all types of building are elegant and graceful, and it’s one of the higher vocational colleges with largest scale, strongest strength and most beautiful environment in Hubei province. In recent years, the college has been successively rated asAdvanced Garden Unitof Xianning, “Garden-style School” of Xianning, “Green School” of Xianning and “Landscape-style School” of Hubei province, etc.

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Xianning Vocational Technical College attaches great importance to the garden construction and management. It has set up an afforestation committee, in which president Yang Fulin serves as director, vice-presidents Hu Maorong, Sun Huiguo and Li Junchi serve as vice-director, authorized comrades fromvarious departments work as members.The office of general servicesacts as the main functional department, the afforestation branch which is affiliated to the office of general services, isparticularly responsible for the afforestation construction, maintenance and managementof the whole college. Making use of the professional advantage of the school, the afforestation branch has employed teachers from garden sector ofthe department of biology as guides. They have made numbers and boards for all the afforested plant species of the whole college, set up a database about the flowers and trees, and formulated a series of afforestation management regulationsand measures, such as Campus Greening Administrative Regulations, Implementing Measures for Afforestation Rewards and Punishment and so on. With concerted effort and implementation division of labor with individual responsibility,the garden afforestation work of the college has realized standardized management.

In order to raise the garden afforestation awareness of the faculties and staffs, Xianning Vocational Technical College has implemented a strategy that all the people participate in the afforestation work. Every March, the college carries out activities such as voluntary tree planting, tree adoption, green field construction. In recent years, more than 20,000 trees have been planted. In order to upgrade the afforestation work of the college, the afforestation committee has proposed that every staff plant at least one pot of flower or tree, whilefurnishing and decoratingthe offices and living areas with bonsais, so that all the staffs can develop a good habit of loving flowers, protecting flowers and beautifying the environment.Thus the college could be a good place for working and living which bring about harmony between human and nature.

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Scientific planning of garden afforestation is the root in the afforestation work of the college. In July 2005, Xianning Vocational Technical College released a bidding announcement on campus afforestation program, striving for designs with high starting point and requirements with high style. With Gao Jisheng, a professor of Tsinghua University, and other well-known experts as judges for the evaluation of the bid, the program of the Design Institute in Hunan University won after several rounds of impartial, open, and fair filtering, being responsible for the afforestation design of the whole college. After years of efforts, a green garden landscape with a winding path leading to a secluded spot, distinct gradation, rational layout has been formed. This landscape combines entertainment and leisure fitness, it’s seamless with the modern magnificent buildings and the beautiful landscapes around the lakes, so one can enjoy the views of scenery within scenery.

During the construction process, the college strictly enforced the social supervision system, strictly controlled the purchase of tree species and turfs, and made card files for rare nursery stocks in order to ensure the quality of nursery stocks and successful plantation. After four years of leapfrog development, the campus is now full of tree shades and fragrant flowers, and the natural environment and human landscape form a delightful contrast, the scenery of four seasons is elegant and magnificent. The college has become a gorgeous card of Xianning, and has won wide praise from colleagues and leaders at all levels in Hubei province. In the assessment of personnel training in higher vocational colleges, the campus was honored as “a beautiful campus” by experts.

The campus’s afforestation construction has been carried forward along with the completion of every basic construction project. With green campus as the idea, the college has laid stress on the roof afforestation and vertical afforestation, suited measures to local conditions, endowed forms to different situations, so the whole campus can become a landscape which combines a large area of natural massifs, waters and exquisite afforestation. With natural ecological forests as the green heart, roads as the green line and subdistricts as the green point, the new campus and the old one combine/integrate into an organic whole.With rich content and lasting charm/appeal, the campus environment and buildings have merged into one. In the campus, tall arbors, low shrubs, distinct seasonal groundcovers, green lawns, and fragrant flowers have combined with towering building groups, broad squares, and roads extending in all directions in different levels and stereometric formulas. The college has also decorated many micro-landscapes and leisure lands rationally, such as parterres, flower beds, rare stones, scenical bridges, rockeries, clear water garden ornaments, vertical afforestation, and so on. After years of construction, now the campus has balanced green layouts, rational functions and outstanding seasonal landscapes as well as distinct characteristics of time and rich cultural connotations of campus.

Third

Garden afforestation management is a long-term job, and has high professional properties. Therefore, Xianning Vocational Technical College has employed 10 specialized persons to do the professional works of afforestationmaintenance, such as trimming, fertilizing, weeding, eradicating pests, intertilling and freeze-proofing. During the work, they have carried out the three-leveled maintenance system, of which the level one maintenance area is 32,000 square meters, while 48,000 square meters in level two and 80,000 square meters in level three. Following the refined management goal, they have worked out specific standards and technical regulations of maintenance and management, have maintained and managed various afforestations with different requirements, have implemented the strategy of the combination of regular inspection and random inspection, have set up detailed assessment records, so that at the end of the year, they can determine the rewards and punishments of the afforestation and maintenance of that year according to the assessments.

In order to develop the garden afforestation in a sustained and steady way, the college has listed the afforestation funds in annual budgets, and has set special afforestation funds even in financial difficulties. The college has increased the investment capitals year by year to buy trimming machineries, watering equipments, fertilizers, and other professional equipments. Based on the economical and effective principle, the college has accumulatively invested a total number of 15 million yuan on the garden afforestation and beautification construction in the past two years.

Currently, the coverage rate of afforestation in the college reaches 85%, while the rate of green fields is 52.8%. In the campus, there are 157 species of trees belonging to 51 families, and 100 species of herbaceous plants belonging to 35 families, 23 scenery spots and 20 acres of nursery bases of flowers and trees. Besides, camphor garden, osmanthus garden and plum garden are dotted in the campus, so a perfect combination of green, humanity and harmony has been realized, and a nice visual effect and a functional effect have been formed. (Reported by Wan Hu)


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