On the 12th of December 2012, we went to the “Fukuoka Shikaku Tokubetsu Shien School”, a school for blind children, in order to do the seasonal clean-up in the school’s herb garden, which is one of Groundwork Fukuoka’s ongoing projects.
The Groundwork Fukuoka Staff Members were supported by the NPO Green Caravan Staff Members as well as by other volunteers. Altogether we were about twelve people. Motivated by the wonderful winter weather – it was cold but the sun was shining bright and quickly warmed our bodies and minds – we split up in teams to be more efficient.
Some of us removed the weeds from the herb flower beds and loosened the soil. This is an essential requirement to guarantee the good growth of the new herbs, which will be planted early next year.
Another group had the task to trim the climbing plants that decorate the garden’s archways. Since some of them grew pretty long, they blocked the way and were able to cause serious injuries in the facial area. The work was tough. Although we had proper hedge clippers, it was hard to reach the higher parts of the plants. Nevertheless we had fun to figure out how to overcome those difficulties in order to do our job.
When the work was done, as a reward, we drank hot lemon grass tea made from the lemon grass that had been harvested by one of the teams only a few minutes before. One could taste how fresh it was. Moreover we ate delicious apples, which were offered by one of the volunteers. After about two and a half hours of gardening we headed back home. Everyone was exhausted but proud.
Within such a short time we not only helped to offer the students a more beautiful environment to learn and live in, but also did something for our own health while working at the fresh air. So all in all it was a very successful day that underlined what people can reach when they work together and help each other.
Written by Andreas