As a final outreach project for 2018, the MCC horticulture team partnered with the Church of the Good Shepherd, to landscape their front garden.
Spending three Tuesdays on the project, the team started with a sweep of the area to devise which piece of land would have the greatest visual effect after being landscaped. It was decided that the front space, visible from the main road, would be the most effective zone.
Coming back the following week, the area was de-weeded with roundup. Roundup takes a couple of weeks to work so when the next Tuesday came around, we were unable to start any planting. Instead, Church elder Arthur Rowcliffe gathered a trailer-full of rocks and we spent the morning inserting them into the ground to create an edging for the garden. The sweat of lifting rocks didn’t last long as everyone worked fast, allowing us to be finished by about ten. This gave us ample time to travel to a nursery WAY out, to buy the necessary plants.
As the last Tuesday came around, our year 12’s Karl and Tenique turned up early and spent the morning planting, mulching and installing reticulation with the MCC horticulture teacher, Mrs. Johns and Mr. Rowcliffe. What resulted from all this hard work was a beautiful low maintenance (low water) native garden that really enhances the stunning, historic features of the little church.
In finishing, we were happy with our effort and the pleasing effect of our work. As projects like this strengthen and grow community relationships, our hope is that MCC continues to partner with the Church of the Good Shepherd, and not only maintain lasting bonds, but work together to share the love of Christ to the wider community.
Keisha D. (Year 12 student)