Young green thumbs off to Ellerslie Garden Show

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 10:43 03/12/2012
Raumati gardeners
TALIA CARLISLE / Kapiti Observer

Going green: Raumati South School pupils Jack Bolsover, 11, left, Sofie Claridge, and Liam Sayer, both 10, have received sponsorship to attend the Ellerslie International Garden Show in March.

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A $10,000 Kapiti Coast District Council grant will help Raumati South School pupils attend an international garden show in March.

Raumati South School was invited to enter the Ellerslie International Garden Show in September, and have been fundraising for the trip since, holding charity events, sausage sizzles and selling crafts.

Liam Sayer is one of 14 pupils going to Christchurch.

He has been a member of Raumati South School's Go Green team for two years, giving up lunchtimes and weekends to look after the garden.

But, because of the number of students involved, he didn't think he would make the trip to Christchurch.

"It's hard to explain how excited I am - happy, great, amazing, I'm not sure," he said.

The school won the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show and is involved with the Enviroschools programme, Go Green leader and teacher Michael Stewart said.

They are the first primary to intermediate age school invited to exhibit in the show's exhibition-garden category.

The group has until March to fundraise an extra $20,000 to cover the total cost of accommodation, food, and outfitting the site when they get to Christchurch. After the show their garden entry will be donated to Wharenui School in Riccarton.

They are holding a sausage sizzle fundraiser outside Mitre 10 Mega in Paraparaumu on December 15.

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