Investigator College has begun the process of growing our own timber!
Wood Technology teacher Andrew Brown has been investigating new ways of integrating sustainability into his Wood Technology lessons and, together with Environmental Studies teacher Natalie Gilbert and Junior School Science/Environmental Studies Coordinator John Freebairn, has explored the possibility of growing plantation trees at our Currency Creek EcoCentre for future students to harvest and use. The decision was made to grow Spotted Gum which fits our environmental growing conditions and the time frame we are looking for. The project is exciting and incorporates a range of year levels and disciplines.
Our Year 8 Environmental Studies students have collected and prepared the Spotted Gum seeds, which have been grown and pricked out into tube stock by the Year 11 Conservation and Land Management students.
Recently the Year 11s have mown, pegged out and sprayed in preparation for the planting. It is hoped that Junior Primary students can plant the trees that they will one day harvest and use for manufacturing in Wood Technology.
The trees will be cared for and maintained with watering and pruning by both Junior School and Conservation and Land Management students. Harvesting will occur over a number of years, starting when the current Year 2s are in Senior School.