Two green thumbs up for Declan!
YOUNG GARDENER IN THE RUNNING FOR NZ TITLE
Declan Lang is in his element. He has a spade slung over his shoulder and is kneeling next to a native tree he has planted.
This specimen is on a slope bordering the family home but the 13-year-old has also worked alongside his parents clearing gorse to plant trees on another plot of land.
He is in celebration mode after jointly winning the Central North Island Budding Young Gardener competition and says his philosophy was simple.
“I just like watching things grow.”
Now he will compete for the national title and says he enjoys being outside and looking after the environment.
Declan caught the judges’ attentionwith a vegetable garden he started from scratch by clearing out a portion of overgrown garden, weeding, digging and setting down edging before composting and planting.
The talented teenager recorded it on a time-lapse video over the course of a day.
“This was a new project for me and my first solo attempt at gardening.
“I have always pottered inmy grandparents’ garden and helped out my parents but I just decided to do this myself this time.
“I’ve planted radish, beetroot, rocket, carrots and silverbeet and am looking forward to harvesting them.
“I’m not the average sort of kid
who is fussy about eating veges,” Declan says.
HismumViki said her son was a thoughtful kid who was passionate about the environment. “I am very proud of him. He is a great boy.”
Fiona Arthur from Yates says the Budding Young Gardener competition aims to celebrate a
love of gardening and encourage children of all levels of capability to further develop their passion.
“Getting our kids outside and into nature is one of the best things we can do for them.
“We want children to not only learn how to grow food, flowers and trees but to have fun and understand thewider biodiversity.”
Declan has won a Yates hamperworth more than $300 and is lining up alongside seven other regionalwinners for the grand prize of a trip to Australia, becoming a Yates Ambassador for a year and spending time in his garden with a Yates horticulturist.
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Declan Lang is in the running to become the first NZ Yates Young Gardner of the Year.