· Victorian Schools Garden Awards promote biodiversity and sustainability
· $80,000 in prizes for the best and most innovative primary and secondary school gardens
· Coalition Government is building better education beyond the traditional classroom
The search for Victoria’s best and most innovative school garden is on with entries for the 2014 Schools Garden Awards now being accepted.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the awards were a great way for students to learn about recycling, reducing waste and limiting their waste consumption away from a typical classroom environment.
“Over many years, these awards, run by Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, have encouraged generations of children to get out of the classroom and into the garden to increase their understanding of biodiversity and sustainability,” Mr Ryan said.
“The awards provide schools with a way to get students out of the classroom and learn how to design, grow maintain and harvest their own gardens.”
Mr Ryan said he would be thrilled to see a school from Gippsland announced as a winner of one of the categories.
“There are four categories that encompass schools ranging from less than 100 pupils through to those who have more than 280 pupils as well as a category for secondary and P-12 (primary to year 12) colleges,” he said.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government has contributed $55,000 to the $80,000 prize pool, which includes nursery vouchers and four separate turf and installation packages.
“A new seedling grants scheme is also on offer this year to get applicant schools started with their gardens,” Mr Ryan said.
The Victorian Schools Garden Awards program is now open to all Victorian schools, public and non-government and closes on 1 August. Winners will be announced later in the year at a ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
For more information on how to enter, visit: www.schoolsgardenawards.org.au.
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