The Back to Earth Initiative was successfully launched in partnership with five councils in Melbourne’s east in 2019.
The Back to Earth Initiative eastern garden competition ran in Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges councils. It offered kindergartens, schools and community groups the opportunity to win $5,000 for a garden or environmental project. It attracted 58 nominations from across the five council areas.
Congratulations to Livingstone Primary School, the community voted the school the winner of the $5,000 prize.
Livingstone Primary School used their prize to upgrade their vegetable garden. Extra compost bins for classrooms, compost tumblers for the garden and a chicken coop to recycle food waste will help the school increase its capacity to compost food waste from one year level to the whole school (nearly 800 students). The school will use the garden to teach students about gardening and sustainability, and help deepen relationships with parents, families, local businesses and a nearby aged care facility.
Five projects, one from each council area, received $1,000 each:
- A green house for a greener school, submitted by St Bernadette’s The Basin Primary School (Knox City Council)
- Park Orchards puts the cycle in recycling, submitted by Park Orchards Primary School (Manningham City Council)
- GROW (Garden Reduce Our Waste), submitted by Heathmont College and Marlborough Primary School (Maroondah City Council)
- Old Orchard’s orchard, submitted by Old Orchard Primary School (Whitehorse City Council)
- Help us make a difference, submitted by Chirnside Park Primary School (Yarra Ranges Council).