Creating project gardens in schools for environmental education and biodiversity.
Using intelligent design we construct low-maintenance habitat gardens within school settings to improve the grounds. We can work with students to design and construct areas which allows them creative input and ownership of their environment, while also providing practical work-skills training. Student projects are tailored to the school’s needs with the main components being:
- The selection of a neglected on-site area.
- Delivery of workshops anchored in curriculum.
- Development of student observation and research skills relating to Indigenous species, habitat and wildlife.
- Design and construction with students and additional project completion outside contact hours.
- Creative collaboration with students on the concept development and painting of a mural.
- The garden is a valuable teaching resource for science and environmental education, providing an opportunity to observe and monitor biodiversity - especially when plant and species identification signage is included.
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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho, Castlecliff - Whanganui
Kura entrance gardens
Suitable native plantings to welcome and add colour. River stones, driftwood and used railway sleepers reference the local environment.
Yarraville Special Developmental School, Melbourne
Horticultural learning area
This area provides seating, shade, areas for student plantings and wicking beds for incursion Horticultural classes.
Pascoe Vale Girls College - Native Habitat Garden, Melbourne
Year 10 Outdoor Education
Using Indigenous and Native plantings this garden provides habitat for wildlife and shelter to the adjoining Westbreen Creek. The open back sleeper wall allows for the capture of rainfall from the surrounding asphalt car park to be stored in the garden.
Pascoe Vale Girls College - Cactus and Succulent Garden, Melbourne
Year 11 Vocational Education (VCAL)
This area was concrete chip previously under a portable classroom. With the support of Principal Ms Kay Peddle, teacher Mr Anthony Freeman and VCAL students this area was transformed to a dramatic low-maintenance Cactus and Succulent garden, providing interest throughout the year with long flowering periods.
Pascoe Vale Girls College - Entrance Garden, Melbourne
Year 9 Outdoor Education
The struggling grass area at the front entrance to the school was cleared and planted with more suitable Indigenous grasses and wildflowers.
Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery, Melbourne
The Sisters of Mercy Memorial Garden is a project with a team of young adults with special needs to develop confidence and skills in basic horticulture.
This project is a collaboration with Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Burke and Beyond, Michael Tanner, Su Laird, Rachel Stephenson (Eve Outdoor Design), Kew Cemetery Trust and Helen Page.