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A Biodiversity Garden for Pinelands High School

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Over the July Holidays a Biodiversity Garden was planted at Pinelands High.

The garden was created to help students engage directly with content taught in the Natural and Life Science curricula.  It also provides a beautiful and inspiring place for students to relax in during break time; enabling them to appreciate the richness of our floral heritage.

The garden has separate beds for locally indigenous examples of each of the main plant groups (Ferns, Gymnosperms, Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons).  There is also a Garden of Extinction bed (showcasing rare and endangered sand plain fynbos plants), and a useful plants bed (showcasing indigenous medicinal and edible indigenous plants). In addition to the plant beds we have installed a pond (as an example of an ecosystem, and to harvest samples for microscope practicals).  We hope to plant a seasonal wetland around the pond.

Biodiversity is 'life in all its forms', and so we have been mindful to plant bird and insect friendly plants, such as the wild peach (Kiggelaria africana). The garden area also houses an educational composting area. The compost area is multifunctional in that it reduces food and garden waste from the school, it illustrates different ways to compost (worm farm, pallet bins, tyre bins), and is a source of decomposers (the role of decomposers repeatedly occurs in the Natural and Life Science curricula).

The Biodiversity Garden was made possible through the generous support of the Rowland and Leta Hill Trust, the Matric class of 1967 and Mrs Bev Spaans.

Our Eco-club is pictured in the Biodiversity Garden below.

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