Community rallies behind Planting Day at Deer Park North

Posted on Friday 31st July, 2015

Warners Nurseries recently supported a Community Planting Day at Deer Park North Primary School, as part of a broader urban greening project involving landscape designer Josh Byrne.

Deer Park North Primary School in Melbourne’s West is undergoing a major transformation to showcase the value of urban greening for our health and wellbeing. With the works nearing completion, the school community and project partners recently came together for a day of hands on gardening and shared learning.

Supported by the Victorian Government, Environmental Education Victoria EEV (formally VAEE) and Josh Byrne & Associates (JBA), the community planting day held on the 19th of June was an important stage in a broader project that is highlighting innovative approaches to integrating sustainable water management and landscaping.

The recent works at Deer Park North Primary, which were designed by JBA, include a constructed wetland to capture and treat stormwater runoff, an extensive productive garden incorporating vegetables, fruit trees and composting systems, and the beautification of a community meeting space. Future works will include a raingarden and additional shade tree plantings across the grounds.

"Warners is committed to supporting projects that bring the community together, and the Community Planting Day at Deer Park North Primary was an excellent example of what can be achieved when people work together towards a common goal," said Warners' Sales Manager Andrew Smith.

"It was a great day and the turnout was amazing with plenty of students, as well as participation from the broader community," he said.

The planting day attracted support from Warners Nurseries and the Diggers Club, as well as NewGrow who were contracted as the project landscapers to bring JBA’s designs to life. There were also representatives from Brimbank Council, Melbourne Water, the Victorian Department of Education, City West Water and Greening the West. The turnout was terrific with participation from the school’s ‘Green Team’, ‘Green Army’ trainees, local representatives of the Victorian Police, plus students from Braybrook College.