Students plant out the Beachport Recreation Centre coastal display garden
Students from Murlong M’raddine Coastcare and Beachport Primary School recently came together at the newly redeveloped Beachport Recreation Centre Coastal Display Garden. Wattle Range Council landscaped the site, adding a raised garden bed and attractive retaining wall.
About 20 students in total, along with school staff, did a stellar job of planting around 200 plants from 19 local species. The plants, propagated by Kathy Bell and the students of the Murlong M’raddine Coastcare group at Millicent High School, are from species commonly found growing in the coastal environment of Beachport. The Cross-Border Community Nursery is currently propagating some threatened species which will be added to the garden at a later date.
The garden is located in a high foot-traffic area with popular walking trails nearby. The upcoming addition of interpretive signage on site will enable passers-by to learn about the species present in the garden, and their local environment. The Recreation Centre itself is used by a number of community groups, and site’s proximity to the primary school will make it an ideal learning resource for years to come.
Aboriginal Elder Doug Nicholls used his didgeridoo to give a traditional thank you to the students for taking part in the planting. We’d like to give a big thanks to Kathy Bell from Millicent High School for running the day, and also Dougie, the teachers, and most importantly the students for their participation and enthusiasm. We hope you continue to care for and learn from your garden, and your environment.