Orchard Planting, Bridgewater Trade Training Centre

National Tree Day

Real Democracy team and the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School, Bridgewater Trade Training Centre joined forces to be part of the National Tree Day on June 30, the community’s largest community tree planting and nature care event.

Peter Griffiths from Real Democracy team and Tim Morris, the horticulture teacher from the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School Farm (JRLF) coordinated the activities on the day.

Tim instructed students from the senior school about correct spacing, digging of holes for the trees and the planting method.

The students were ably mentored by six Certificate II Horticulture students from the school farm. Real Democracy participants assisted the students with the planting exercise.

In total 85 students from the JRLF senior school and 30 adults including teachers, community members and Real Democracy participants took part.

A total of 65 fruit trees and fruiting bushes were supplied by Real Democracy from the Big Blitz budget. The selection of trees included apples, pears, peach, nectarine, apricot, cherry, lemon, lime and olive.

Some trees like almond and hazelnut are a bit unusual for a domestic orchard but these were an important part of the orchard plan. The range of berry bushes planted included raspberry, gooseberry, blackberry and blueberry.

Tim said the certificate course was all about preparing students for a career in horticulture and related industries and also giving students an appreciation of setting up their own garden at home.

Traycee said it was important to link the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre and the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School Farm with the Training Kitchen recently established at the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School.

The Training Kitchen has been designed as a real world experience to cook and cater for events.

As with any big project the workers had to be fed. A sausage sizzle, water and fresh fruit were provided.

The next stage of the project will be to install an irrigation system that will allow for watering all year round but especially during school holidays and the warmer months.

Trade Training Centre

The Real Democracy Trade Training Centre offers courses in construction, automotive body repair technology, automotive mechanical, hospitality, kitchen operations and horticulture.

Melbourne has 14 Trade Training Centres which have been designed to provide practical training to give students the skills they need to make the transition into employment or further education and training.

The multi-trade facilities include industry-standard equipment and provide training in industry areas to meet the specific needs of the local community.

Trade Training Centres are operated by schools and local business and industry in each of the regions to provide more trade vocational options to year 9-12 students as well as mature-age students from the wider community.