Growing reputation for green fingers
Owairaka District School's gardening efforts continue to draw praise for its team of green-fingered youngsters.
The school that recently received the prestigious Auckland Council Sustainable School Award for its environmental efforts has been a Green-Gold Enviro School since 2010 and is also up for another award.
This time it is a finalist in the Tui School Garden Challenge, up against 11 other pre-schools, primary and intermediate schools from around the country.
Judges have noted a lot of great features of Owairaka's gardening efforts.
Its comprehensive garden system made up of several different patches, and garden to table philosophy have particularly impressed judges.
The school has become quite innovative too and its work to create garden space from old pallets standing upright helped to use small spaces and recycle old material.
First prize in the competition is a $1000 Mitre 10 voucher and a $1000 Tui Garden Voucher, plus seedlings and other gardening goodies. The winner will be announced on November 19.