Grow­ing kid gets thumbs up

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Tikipunga young­ster Con­nor Bur­gin has won North­land’s Bud­ding Young Gar­dener ti­tle and could be in the run­ning for the na­tional prize, if peo­ple give this green-thumbed kid the thumbs-up.

Con­nor, 8, with the kind of help only younger brother Zac could give, cre­ated a Na­ture Friendly Gar­den to sup­port a healthy ecosys­tem. Con­nor filled it with bug ho­tels, fruit bushes, flow­ers, a gnome house, and a noughts and crosses game painted on a tree stump, with stones painted as bee and lady­bird coun­ters.

His cur­rent project is a Peter Rab­bit Gar­den which will con­tain lots of ve­g­ies and an­i­mals, sur­rounded by a white picket fence.

“Now Mum and I have learned to grow lots of dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles and I love be­ing able to har­vest all the things I’ve grown. Eat­ing them is the best part.” Con­nor’s love of na­ture is steer­ing him to­wards a ca­reer in con­ser­va­tion, al­though he is young.

“I re­ally want to help plants and an­i­mals as well as en­cour­ag­ing other peo­ple to get gar­den­ing and grow­ing things.”

His mother Rachael said Con­nor had a won­der­ful imag­i­na­tion and was creative in the gar­den.

Con­nor is the North­land re­gion’s one to watch in the na­tional search for the in­au­gu­ral Yates Bud­ding Young Gar­dener 2018.

He has won a Yates ham­per worth more than $300 and with seven other re­gional win­ners is vy­ing for the big prize of a trip to Aus­tralia, be­com­ing a Yates Am­bas­sador and spend­ing time in his gar­den with a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist.

The grand win­ner is de­cided by pub­lic vote and Con­nor hopes North­land gets be­hind him.

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Con­nor Bur­gin likes the eat­ing best.

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