Footscray City College has an ongoing seed collecting, propagating and grounds planting program, growing natives and indigenous plantings where possible. The school was built on the old Footscray tip site and prior to operating as a tip it was a bluestone quarry which has made revegetation difficult due to soil contamination and no ground water.
Over the years there has been an increase in the diversity and numbers of both native and exotic flora and fauna in and around the school grounds.
In the horticulture centre, students at VCE level have different enterprises in the growing of plants to a saleable quality and the Year 9 Gardens and Chefs Project produce vegetables and herbs in garden beds and pots.
There is a major landscaping project underway at the front of the school. There was a large hill which had turned into a dust bowl due to the drought which hid the front of the building. About 2000 cubic meters of soil was taken away and we had a landscape architect design this area and we are in the process of receiving quotes from landscaping companies to do all the hard landscaping and students have begun propagating plants for planting out and mulching next Autumn 2010.