Trees add to school's growing veggie garden

Bunnings’ Deb Harrison shows Mt Gordon students Glenn Ryan-Mason, Matty Lawrance and Hayden Dipplesman how to loosen the roots before planting a tree yesterday.
Bunnings’ Deb Harrison shows Mt Gordon students Glenn Ryan-Mason, Matty Lawrance and Hayden Dipplesman how to loosen the roots before planting a tree yesterday. Erin Smith

THE students at Warwick State High School's Mount Gordon Flexi-Campus added peach trees, an olive tree and a bay tree to their growing vegetable gardens yesterday.

Mount Gordon Flexi-Campus teacher Mark Fowler said the planting would not have been possible without the support of Bunnings Warwick and the Warwick Sunrise Rotary Club.

"Everything we grow we eat," he said.

The vegie gardens surrounding the school are currently sprouting celery, beetroot, garlic, spinach, radishes and carrots.

The students use the items in their lunches, which they take turns in cooking every day.

Deb Harrison from Bunnings Warwick arrived at the school and the students rushed up to help unload the five plants, watering cans and bag of mulch. After listening to Ms Harrison explain the best way to plant a tree the boys split up into groups, dug holes and placed the new trees in the ground.

Ms Harrison said Bunnings Warwick was pleased to be able to help out the campus.

Warwick Sunrise Rotary President Peter Rodeck, who had come to lend a hand planting, also said it was a worthwhile group to support.

"It is a good program," Mr Rodeck said.

"Happy to help support the people running the program and the students."

Gardening is not the only skill the 12 boys have been working on this year with student Brock Hamers busy working on a chair, made from recycled packing crates.

"I'm going to give it to my mum for Mother's Day," Brock said.

Brayden Jenner, one of the newer students at the campus, had made a few adjustments to his chair.

"I added an iPod dock and a cup holder," he said.

"My arms are also different to everyone else's."

Mr Fowler said building was one of the boy's favourite activities.

"We try to make all the items from recyclable material," he said. "We are always looking for recycled building material and products.

"We also like to do community service so if you have anything you need a hand with during school time, we will give it a burl."

Mr Fowler said plans were in the making to hold an open day, to showcase the student's handiwork.

To contact Mark Fowler about donating items phone him on 0467 768 256.



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