Kinross College creating urban orchard with Buddy Up Australia

Julianne Gepp and Megan Davidson from Buddy Up Australia with Kinross College students Samuel Harris , Ella-Rose Middleton, Madeleine O'Leary and Caleb Joy. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491578
Julianne Gepp and Megan Davidson from Buddy Up Australia with Kinross College students Samuel Harris , Ella-Rose Middleton, Madeleine O'Leary and Caleb Joy. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491578

KINROSS College has been working to create an urban orchard around the school grounds.

The project is in conjunction with Buddy Up Australia, which offers a way for people who have served their country either domestically or overseas to connect and feel valued in their local community.

With help from $7000 in Federal Government funding through the Stronger Communities Program in the Moore electorate and donations from local community members, the school plans to plant an orchard of advanced fruit trees in and around the college.

The hope is to have one for each Year 10 student to plant and care for during their final year at the school.

Picture: Martin Kennealey

Later in the year, the trees can then be handed over to the incoming Year 7 students to continue their care.

“Over time we hope to harvest the produce and use that within our food production classes or even offer some to our local community regularly,” principal Rod Buckenara said.

Stage one included Tahitian limes, lemons and fig trees.