Helensburgh Garden growing curious minds

Students at Helensburgh's Holy Cross Catholic Primary School taste, eat and take food they grow in the school garden home.

On Thursday Metropolitan Colliery owner Peabody delivered fresh soil and fruit trees to the students to complement its annual $30,000 sponsorship of the school's gardening club and environmental program.

The garden project was started after a gumtree fell on the school's original, smaller vegetable patch a few years ago.

Led by school support officer and gardening club co-ordinator Sue Murray, Holy Cross' impressive horticultural setup now includes a vegetable garden known as 'The Patch', an orchard and their Yalunga Garden (a peaceful native garden space).

Ms Murray and ecologist Dr Rod Armistead have recently started growing bush tucker plants in The Patch.

Jon Degotardi from the Metropolitan Colliery, said Peabody was proud to support programs that improved educational outcomes for local children in a fun, outdoor environment.

"Peabody's Metropolitan Colliery is committed to supporting the community that supports us. What better way to do that than by ensuring the kids at Holy Cross get to participate in great programs like this where they get outdoors, have fun and learn important messages."