Old bridge supports growing ecosystem

Posted on October 11, 2019

Students have been busy building biodiversity gardens using recycled materials...including timber salvaged from one of Council’s bridge reconstruction projects.


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Above (L to R): Kim Cruwys, Chloe Turner, Lochie Hingston, Chloe Collins, Brittany Kelly, Mayor Wayne Johnston, Lucy Philpott and Freya Cooper.

What previously supported traffic will now support a growing ecosystem at Deloraine High School. Timber from one of Council’s bridge reconstruction projects will be re-used by students to build a biodiversity garden. The students, who are enrolled in the School’s Sustainability Communities Options Class have been working hard to improve natural open space on campus and require timber for landscaping.

“The class has a strong focus on reducing waste and we are using other recycled materials for the project, including cardboard and shredded paper,” teacher Kim Cruwys said.

“When infrastructure needs to be replaced, Council is careful to salvage any materials that can be re-used, so this was a great opportunity,” Mayor Wayne Johnston said.

The timber will form part of a green belt planted with four different native shrub varieties, donated by Sustainable Timbers Tasmania. Students Lucy Philpott and Freya Cooper designed the biodiversity plantings to encourage the growth of native habitat on campus and the timber will be used for the first stage of the project.

The students have also been working on the construction of a bee hive that will be located in the School’s Agricultural Plot and will house honey bees.

Other gardens are planned at adjoining sites that will have a different ecological focus and these will include information about the types of native plantings and their cultural significance.

“This has been a great opportunity for the students to learn about community networks, problem solving and working together. I look forward to seeing the project take shape,” Mayor Wayne Johnston said.