The Principal of Wilkins Primary School became interested in improving the use of school facilities by exploring ways of sharing a large section of underutilized land at the back of the school with the broader community in an environmentally sustainable way.
Wilkins Green is nestled between two busy main roads. When we began the project, already existing natives welcomed us in the form of various species of gums, remnant grasses such as Kangaroo grass and Microlina, Fig trees, and various acacias. A high bank of Casurina trees protected the area and provided a filter to noise and pollution
The children at the school are inner city dwellers and their knowledge and experience of the bush and nature is sometimes limited.