Schools get planting as part of the Sustainable Schools Initiative!
The Sustainable Schools Initiative is a partnership between Landcare Tasmania and 24 Carrot Gardens. It has received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program with support from the Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie.
24 Carrot Gardens is an initiative of MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
which establishes gardens in schools and communities where children learn to grow, cook and eat healthy produce.
This Communities Environment Program project focuses on revegetation in schools, weed management, wildlife monitoring, and zero-waste initiatives. Its aim has been to create a hands-on, meaningful and long-lasting learning opportunity for students to lead projects in native species habitat management and sustainability.
Moonah's planting was to develop a bush food garden. On 23 July students planted dozens of Tasmanian native food plants in a collaboration with Landcare Tasmania and 24 Carrot Gardens in the glorious winter sunshine. The "before" images are from 2009, and now look at the results!
Before and After photos
This project has been many months in the planning & preparation with site levelling & cardboard sheetmulching- so all those hard-workers involved were very satisfied to see all that tubestock going in the ground with lots of enthusiastic effort by the grades 5 & 6 students.
Goodwood Primary School modelled their planting on another section of their property that is currently vegetated with native species. They chose a planting site at the boundary of the school to replicate the other area, and spent the day planting more natives!
The students got to learn good planting techniques and worked hard to give the little plants the best chance to grow, increasing biodiversity and providing some native species habitat. We can't wait to see the site in a years time!
Windermere Primary School
Windermere Primary School seized the opportunity to restore and enhance their wetland site with the planting of 300 locally appropriate species. This will also expand the threatened forest community Eucalyptus ovata with 100 plants planted.
Students made integral contributions to this project and learnt some valuable hands-on lessons about biodiversity and flora and fauna monitoring.
Austins Ferry Primary School
Volunteers and students worked to revegetate sections of the school property bordering the rivulet, in order to create new habitat for the swift parrot and Eastern-Barred bandicoot. This habitat restoration project taught the kids about Landcare and conservation in a very hands-on way!
Member for Clarke Andrew Wilkie, and Landcare Tasmania's Chairperson, Jonathan Lord also came to show support and get their hands dirty.
A huge thanks to Fifteen Trees
for providing extra plant sponsorship for this valuable planting day!
A huge thanks to all those involved for making these valuable projects happen!