Heathcote High School build new fruit and vegetable garden

Garden: Students at Heathcote High School in front of their new vegetable and fruit garden. Picture: John Veage

Garden: Students at Heathcote High School in front of their new vegetable and fruit garden. Picture: John Veage

Heathcote High School has brought up a big milestone after receiving funding for a new vegetable and fruit garden.

The Environmental Trust Eco Schools Grant program has now reached over 1000 NSW schools – financially supporting them with environmental initiatives.

Heathcote was one of a select group of schools recently given grants, which bumped the program above 1000 schools supported in NSW. 

The school was given a $3500 grant this year and has since built its new vegetable and fruit garden.

“Students have planted vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. They have laid mulch, built four raised garden beds and recently set-up a composting tumbler and worm farm waste management system,” David Jackel, a Heathcote High School teacher, said.

“This is the school’s first outdoor learning area and it’s a great teaching tool to help students learn about sustainability and waste management. 

“They are gaining a greater understanding and sense of care for their environment.”

Environmental Trust secretary Michael Wright said it was impressive to bring up the milestone in NSW schools, with over $2.5 million of funding handed out with grants.

“Over 1000 NSW schools have been awarded [a grant], a terrific milestone which has helped fund many native gardens, food gardens and energy efficiency, water conservation and Aboriginal cultural educational programs.”

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