Local MP Encourages Schools to Enter Victorian Garden Awards (17.04.2012)

Written on the 17 April 2012

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier MLC, today called on local schools to spruce up their grounds and enter the Victorian School Garden Awards.


The program, now in its 35th year, has inspired generations of students to make the best use of their gardens and is a wonderful way for children to learn about sustainability, growing food and other valuable lessons like recycling, waste reduction and water conservation.


“Gardening is a great way for students to learn about how food is grown, how it can be recycled and how we can reduce waste; and most importantly it’s great fun.”


“I encourage all schools and all students in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region to get involved and have a go at winning the 2012 Victorian Schools Garden Award” Ms Crozier Said


Education Minister Martin Dixon launched the 2012 Victorian Schools’ Garden Awards program at Melbourne’s International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS).


Speaking at the MIFGS Children’s Garden, Mr Dixon said gardening was not only an enjoyable pastime, it promoted exercise and good diet, and enhanced a sharing of creative energies across all ages.


“Students can learn a lot from experiencing the simple pleasure of planting seeds and watching them grow,” Mr Dixon said.


“In transforming school grounds into ‘classrooms’ of discovery’, the awards promote biodiversity and teach children valuable lessons about recycling, reducing waste, and limiting their water consumption.”


The Victorian Government is a major sponsor of the competition, contributing $52,300 to its staging as well as – for the first time – a new school and teacher-mentoring program. 


The overall prize pool is worth almost $80,000 and includes $35,000 in nursery vouchers, nine turf and installation packages from the Turf Producers Association of Victoria valued at $4,500 each, and a $900 orchard from Fleming’s Nurseries.


The Victorian School Garden Awards program is open to all Victorian schools - government, Catholic and independent. Winners will be announced in December at a special ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.


For further information and to enter the awards, visit the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria website at http://www.ngiv.com.au/Category?Action=View&Category_id=125

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