Pupils add plants to town garden
A busload of Tokoroa North School students visited the town’s Robyn Wolfe Community Garden this week.
The 32 children were taken on a tour by the garden’s namesake as part of their Envirogroup programme.
Under the guidance of Mrs Wolfe the North School pupils have in the past two weeks planted seeds, grown seedlings and learnt about the benefits of do- it- yourself gardening.
On Monday morning the kids got to transfer their labelled marigold plants into the community garden soil.
With trowel and bare hands they buried the roots of the healthy plants which are aimed to assist pollination in the gardens by attracting bees to the marigold’s flowers.
Teacher Judith Mclean said the school had been an Enviro school for five years now – the first in the South Waikato to receive a silver award.
‘‘There are 32 in the group but around 90 wanted to join. We take those in the year five to six bracket and they (the selected kids) had to convince me that they wanted to join,’’ Mrs Mclean said.
Once one North pupil had discovered a radish plant with grown radishes, all the children sampled the vegetables, along with broad beans.
The Robyn Wolfe Community Garden started eleven years ago and according to Bob Pudney, who has been there since early March, the gardens are always looking for volunteers to come and join in the planting.
At the start of the year, eight of the 32 Envirogroup troopers did not have a vegetable garden at home.
Now every single member has their own vegetables growing in their own backyard.
‘‘If there are people lonely, bored and want something to do, even if just for the company, come along and plant with us. It’s not hard work,’’ Mrs Wolfe said.
Libby Kissick is a WINTEC journalism student
ENVIRO HEROES: Tokoroa North School found time to pose in the gardens.
GREENIES: Jasmine and Pemida are proud to be greenies
GREAT EFFORT: Taylor Jakman,11, worked hard during the day.