Pupils help the flowers to grow
Green fingered children have given Winton’s community garden another boost, planting an array of fruits and vegetables which they will nurture into the future.
St Thomas Aquinas and Winton School pupils have been allocated a raised bed at the garden’s new site, and have been planting, watering and tending their plants ever since.
Winton Mitre 10 supplied the plants and now the gardens are bursting with new life.
Winton community garden chairman Mark Taylor said it was excellent to see the children in action.
‘‘If the kids get involved in gardening here – they’ll start growing things at home too.
‘‘This is a more hands-on, practical application of learning which allows kids from a rural environment to reach their full potential.
‘‘Apart from developing the garden, this is about developing a passion for gardening which these kids will take forward as the next generation.’’
Winton community worker Louise Faithful said the involvement of schools had been very positive.
‘‘This is a community garden and getting children from the com- munity involved is very much a part of that.’’
St Thomas Aquinas teacher Lauren Morsink said the school was right behind the project because of the educational opportunities it provided students.
‘‘We see this as a very positive way for children to learn about where their food comes from, while working together on a project that benefits the whole community.’’
They would also look at developing a gardening group at the school, she said.
Mitre 10 owner Craig Flynn, who had coordinated the raised bed project, said it was a great idea.
‘‘We just feel very privileged to be involved in this community project.’’
Flynn had secured vegetable plants from Evandale Nurseries, while Yates had provided seeds and fertiliser.
Faithful said the group was looking to develop a larger garden at another site, although that was yet to be finalised.
In the meantime, any donations of fence posts, strainers, wire netting, farm gates or various garden tools would be immensely useful, she said.
If you want to get involved contact Faithful on 03 236 9934.
St Thomas Aquinas School pupils Greer Morrisey and Holly Keen get ready to plant strawberries in their section of the Winton Community garden.