Pupils help the flow­ers to grow

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - MARY WITSEY

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.

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