Howard State School children - (L) Jordan Mills, Ben Klein, Chloe Kennedy, Hayley Hampton, Tahlia Kindelan, Tyson Alen and Kynesha Stapleton with Rebecca Dudley from WBW and Bunnings Karen McKie - garden competition grand champions.
Howard State School children - (L) Jordan Mills, Ben Klein, Chloe Kennedy, Hayley Hampton, Tahlia Kindelan, Tyson Alen and Kynesha Stapleton with Rebecca Dudley from WBW and Bunnings Karen McKie - garden competition grand champions. Alistair Brightman

Top reward for young growers

HOWARD’S youngsters have retained their crown as the Fraser Coast’s best budding gardeners after being named Grand Champions in the Fraser Coast Schools Spring Garden Competition.

Wide Bay Water and Bunnings Warehouse jointly sponsor the competition which has a heavy emphasis on WaterWise gardening.

Representatives from both organisations visited 12 schools across the Fraser Coast for judging and couldn’t fault Howard’s thriving efforts.

Students from Years 2 to 4 from Howard State School were at WetSide at the weekend to accept their award and enjoy a well-deserved play and sausage sizzle.

“The students are really producing amazing results that build on their efforts from last year, Wide Bay Water environmental officer Rebecca Dudley said.

“They fed us pesto and bruschetta during our judging visit, made from herbs and tomatoes they grew themselves, and have even established a successful seed-selling business which has generated more than $1000 for buying gardening equipment and tools.

“We were really impressed by how much the children put into it and how much they get out of it.

“And it’s is a real credit to their teacher Ian McGregor who has generated a lot of gardening inspiration among the students.”

Bunnings’ Karen McKie said Tinana State School was a very deserving runner-up.

“Their innovation and WaterWise efforts were excellent,” she said.

“We were very pleased to see the way they’d used their buddy system so that Preps and Grade 6s worked together.

“They’d made this fantastic sensory garden with herbs like lemongrass and lavender.

“These students had also generated gardening funds by selling self-watering boxed herbs at the fete.

“Their efforts are really exceptional and we can’t wait to see what they do next year.”

The competition is open to all schools on the Fraser Coast.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

The 2010 Fraser Coast Schools Spring Garden Competition results are as follows:

Grand Champions and winners of the WetSide Fun Day plus $300 voucher from Bunnings and trophy – Howard State School

Runners Up and winners of $250 voucher – Tinana State School

Third Place and winners of $150 voucher – Kawungan State School and Glenwood State School (tie)



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