As winners of the Garden Organics Garden Blitz competition, students from Singleton Heights Public school will be able to tour the world via their brand new sensory garden.
Community groups, schools and preschools in the Singleton local government area were invited to apply for the free garden makeover in June this year, which will include the labour, landscape design, plants and mulch for their space.
Mayor Sue Moore congratulated Singleton Heights Public on their submission and said the Garden Blitz competition was a great opportunity for students to benefit from the collective effort the community has made in recycling their organic waste.
“The Garden Organics collection service has had tremendous success in Singleton in its first 18 months, with thousands of tonnes of green waste diverted from landfill,” she said. “The Garden Blitz is an exciting opportunity for the students of Singleton Heights Public to not only learn about the recycling process— from their Garden Organics bin to their new garden beds — but also for our community to benefit directly from our collective commitment to recycling green waste.”
Judges noted that the school’s submission had a focus on sustainability, and creative solutions to involve children in the space. “It’s fantastic that the school is thinking outside the box when it comes to their garden experience, with a sensory garden planned that will stimulate the senses and be inclusive to children of all abilities,” Cr Moore said. “There are also plans for a multicultural section, which will feature plants from around the world to teach students about different cultures, and will link back to geography, history and social science subjects. “The garden will be a wonderful way to incorporate the schoolyard into the classroom and reconnect students with the natural world.”
Caption: Back (L-R): Community Liaison Officer, Singleton Heights Public School, Alison Dagg; Environmental Services Education Officer, Singleton Council, Jane Hughes; Education Officer, Solo Resource Recovery, Leanne Sanderson; Business Manager, Singleton Heights Public School, Joanne Tucker, (front )Mayor of Singleton Sue Moore with Singleton Heights Public School Captains Reinhard Lloyd and Eliza Mackenzie