Pond opened up for nature


The art of growing: Admiring the pond and its revegetated shoreline in Bentons Road, Mornington are Amanda Brewer with her children Peyton and Caleb and Jodie Bradshaw with Lennox McCan. Picture: Yanni

PARENTS, staff and students at Goodstart Mount Martha, on Bentons Road, have been bitten by the nature bug.

This has led them to beautify and revegetate an otherwise neglected pond area in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

From the beginning of June through to late August, works have transformed the area with about 80 plants providing food and protection for native bird and animal life. Passers-by can see it from a nearby path.

“Parents and children have been involved in the planning and feedback of the project,” teacher Amanda Brewer said. “Due to COVID-19 we couldn’t do a community planting as planned, but some children and staff assisted in the planting alongside the shire workers.

“We plan to make this a progressive project where we will care and extend the development with a biannual review and yearly development.”

The project, which was planned to coincide with National Tree Day (Sunday 2 August) had the added benefit of educating children on land care as well as on Aboriginal perspectives, Ms Brewer said.

First published in the Mornington News – 15 September 2020


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