Pupils add plants to town gar­den

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

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.

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