Native grove for Albany Primary School

In a final Treemendous effort of 2010, Albany Primary School received a native garden makeover on Saturday 22 May.

A large area at the back of the school grounds was converted from a boggy, previously ‘out of bounds’ area to a native grove with a concrete path and wooden boardwalk running through 1100 native plants. An outdoor classroom with seating was also constructed.
The area had already undergone some drainage repairs before the Treemendous transformation and will now be used as an outdoor learning area. The aim was to increase the usability of the area for the childrens’ education and recreation and attract native birds and insects.
“Albany School was ecstatic to win a Treemendous makeover as we’ve been discussing the idea for at least five years, and now the grand plan can finally be put into action! 
“We now have a natural outdoor learning space that will provide greater chances for our children to learn more about their natural environment” said Rosie Ponifasio-Hughes, a teacher at Albany School.
The Treemendous joint venture between Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation was created in 2007 and since then 11 schools have received a native garden makeover.
To apply for their own school garden makeover, schools will be invited to send in their applications during Term Three. Winners for 2011 will be announced in November.