De La Salle Year 12 VCAL Enterprise Class receive funding for a new garden space
The Year 12 VCAL Enterprise Class are working to create a new garden space on the Kinnoull Campus at De La Salle, Malvern. This garden project is part of the Communities Environmental Program: an Australian Government initiative to support small scale, community-led environment projects to address local environmental priorities whilst encouraging the community to connect with their local natural environment. The College received a grant to create a sustainable garden designed to increase habitat and available food sources for animals and thereby increasing biodiversity. Our project has been sponsored by Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins.
Students were recently visited by Dr Katie Allen MP, and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP. The VCAL students proudly displayed their progress, answered questions about the project and had the opportunity to ask the Ministers questions about local politics.
The final garden will feature native vegetation that will attract and provide a food source for birds, bees and other wildlife. The end project will also see the De La Salle College community reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability, whilst providing an opportunity for our students to gain the knowledge and skills to care for the environment both now and into the future.
So far, students have cleared the invasive weeds, dug holes and set posts for retaining walls and a decorative timber fence, built birdhouses and selected the native plants that will be planted in the garden. The garden is coming along well and, through their continued hard work each Friday, the project is expected to be completed by the end of Term 2.