28 Sep HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? ROSELLA PARK SCHOOL FEEL GOOD GARDEN THRIVES
An edible garden created at Rosella Park School as part of Bill Robertson Toyota’s National Tree Day celebrations is growing so well it is likely to become a permanent feature at the school.
Kate Wellsteed, Rosella Park School Classroom teacher, said the plan to bring the school’s garden beds back to life came from students in Room 10 who were helping the school’s groundsman, Craig Longden, with weeding. When the time came to weed the school’s old garden beds, Mr Longden suggested the students could create their own garden.
“Our students were really excited about this idea, so we began planning what we could plant and who in the community we could ask for help. Our students wanted to make a food and flower garden that would make people feel good,” Ms Wellsteed said.
The school was lucky enough to be approached by Bill Robertson Toyota to participate in National Tree Day, and with the local dealership on board, the students and staff got busy planting. The edible garden was planted with the help of National Tree Day ambassador Libby Trickett and the Bill Robertson Toyota team. “It is with their help and generosity that we have been able to get the garden off the ground so quickly. We hope to see the garden become a permanent fixture at Rosella Park School,” Ms Wellsteed explained.
Erin and James Robertson of Bill Robertson Toyota recently visited the school to see how the garden was growing, and they were welcomed by a lush garden full of beautiful produce. “The garden was planted just seven weeks ago, and it is wonderful to see how much it has grown,” Erin said. “Well done students and teachers at Rosella Park School for nurturing your garden so well and thank you for sharing some of your fresh harvest with us.”
Ms Wellsteed said the students hope to use the produce grown in the garden in the school’s cooking programs and sell the excess produce to the school community. “Money raised by selling the produce will then be reinvested into new seedlings for the garden so that we can continue to grow our feel-good garden!”