Another section of the creek snapped up by the muddy wee fingers of local school children. Brilliant. Sunshine Primary, thanks to the enthusiasm of two parents, Bec and Elzette, applied for and received Melbourne Water community grant funding to adopt a section of the creek. Their patch is right next to the Sunshine Heights Primary section and we hope to one day join the two plantings together.
The Sunshine Primary planting was actually supposed to take place on Earth Day – as part of a mega, planting to end all planting day with Sunshine Heights Primary. Unfortunately the day was biblical in its torrential rain and the event was postponed.
On this second atttempt the rain was threatening again so the school decided to bring all the kids down in one big group. When we heard this, fifteen minutes before kick off, Gerard and I were quaking in our gumboots at the thought of the hordes descending but our worrying was for nought because in the end it was a great day.
The children were all inquisitive and enthusiastic and we could barely hold them back from grabbing more plants to put in. That’s what we like to see! We managed the large number of students by having them listen to a planting talk and do the planting in three groups. It worked out really well – as we were done and dusted in around an hour and a half and then the kids marched back up to school.
Local resident Beata let us use her tap for watering which was such a lifesaver and we spent most of the pack up time winding back up miles of hose pipe.
All in all the students, parents and teachers planted around 400 grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. The idea is to create a ‘lizard lounge’ as the site is already very rocky. We want the area to stay open and sunny for the creatures that live there with lots of rocks to sun bake on and indigenous grasses to hide in. We have started with a relatively small section and next year will encourage the school to apply for funding again to extend and strengthen the planting.
By the way…in the background of the photo above, you can see one of our Fence by Fence plantings running along the green paling fence. Slowly but surely with all this input and more on the cards – everything is starting to fit together like a big, green puzzle.
The next step for the school is to add in some art (can’t wait to find out more) and a sign. Three cheers for the gang at Sunshine Primary for making a start on what we hope will be a long and loving relationship with the creek!
Elzette took so many lovely photos, I can’t help squeezing two more in here…
Gerard and my seemingly calm exterior….Photo by Elzette Bester.