The Bush Haven Project

This project began in 2006 and is centred around National School Tree Day each year. Its aim is to revegetate some areas of the College ground with plants that are indigenous to the local environment. Two hundred years ago, most of the Eastern Suburbs was covered by a unique ecosystem called the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub. Today only 1% of this ecosystem remains, and it is classified as a Threatened Ecosystem under the Endangered Species Conservation Act. Our Bush Haven project is trying to recreate our own little patch of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub here on the College grounds, initially on the northern (Coogee Bay Road) aspect. We hope that by returning to locally indigenous plants, native birds, insects and other animals will be attracted back into our local environment.
To date, we have removed a large number of exotic trees and shrubs and replanted with over 500 assorted native trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers. We have received great assistance from Randwick City Council, who have included our project as part of its wider community Native Havens program.
Over the years we have received many Community Awards for our school's garden project which has added to the pleasure of working on this on-going project every Friday lunchtime.