In our last visit to Callan CBS we led the students through creating upcycled planters for the local nursing home. The focus on this workshop was regenerating the school grounds, using the same techniques and ideas that had been built up over the series of workshops.
There are already some mature trees on the school grounds, but it is always good to add more. In this case the trees provide shelter from the main road in front of the school, as well as increasing the biodiversity and environmental quality. The students planted birch and crab apple trees, building up the number of native tree species in the school.
In previous years the school has built raised beds for students to learn about growing herbs and vegetables. These had started to revert to nature, having been left fallow for a time. Working in teams the students learned how to prepare the soil for the new growing season, and cleared the raised beds before a mix of vegetables, rhubarb and herbs were planted into the beds.
On the repurposing side of things, the group continued on the theme of upcycling for the garden. Using some unwanted pallets from a local factory they were transformed into simple but effective vertical gardens, which were planted up with a mix of herbs and flowers. These make it possible to grow plants in areas where there is no earth, with a tiny footprint and are portable too! The group also made a cloche which will protect the newly planted raised beds from frosts.