The garden at Anglesea Primary School is a thriving testimony to the beauty of our indigenous vegetation.
ANGAIR, under the inspiring leadership of Bill McKellar, has played a major role in creating and maintaining the swathes of greenery that now replace the bare earth of the new school site.
Bill McKellar, with recently retired principal Pamela Sandlant and new principal Murray Surkitt
Only seven years ago, members of the school community, various environmental organisations, Alcoa representatives, and people from the extended local community came together with many ANGAIR volunteers in an outstanding illustration of good-will in practice. The schoolyard garden was transformed into a sea of plastic tree-guards.
This initial planting used 4000 local trees, grasses and understory bushes propagated by ANGAIR. Supplementary planting has continued, replacing losses from natural attrition and small feet.
Parent initiative has led in recent times to the construction of a magnificent undulating play space, designed to expose students to the natural world. Again ANGAIR has provided tube stock, and worked with students and parents to establish extensive plantings.
Many creatures can now be found in the bushy environs. An echidna sometimes visits, to the delight of all.
As well as undertaking weeding outside of school hours, ANGAIR volunteers have attended the school on many Tuesday afternoons, working with every student, building rapport and engagement along with a beautiful school environment. Knowledge and a sense of ownership have been imparted both incidentally and overtly. It is hard to imagine a better way to foster an appreciation of our indigenous flora.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.