Media Release – Wednesday, 5th April, 2017.
Labor MP, Jaala Pulford, has encouraged students across Western Victoria to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty in their own school garden.
The search for Victoria’s best and most innovative school gardens is on again with the launch of the this year’s Victorian Schools Garden Awards.
The annual awards, now in their 40th year, provide a unique opportunity to celebrate school gardens while teaching students about gardening, ecology and the environment.
Prize categories range from the most engaging gardens for play or teaching to the best edible garden.
Ms Pulford said schools in Western Victoria can now apply for incentive grants of up to $1,000 to buy the materials needed to get started creating an exciting school garden, which they can enter into the awards.
“The Victorian School Garden Awards encourage students to get their hands dirty, be creative in the garden and learn valuable lessons about gardening and sustainability,” Ms Pulford said.
“I’m sure many students in Western Victoria will be keen to put their hand up and have a go at winning an award,” she said.
“These gardens bring enormous benefits to students, teachers and the community and I wish all schools the best of luck,” Ms Pulford said.
The entire year’s grant and prize pool is worth almost $85,000.
The Victorian Schools Garden Awards are run in partnership between the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria and the Victorian School Building Authority.
The Andrews Labor Government is a major sponsor of the program, contributing $75,000.
The awards program is open to all schools in Western Victoria, both public and non-government. Winners will be announced in late November at a special ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
For more information, including the grant categories available, visit: www.schoolsgardenawards.org.au