Spearwood PS to dig into bush tucker garden

Spearwood PS's Abigail Price, Fiona Aellin, Kayden Harmer & Ace Layenesa are ready for the bush tucker garden. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491996 communitypix.com.au
Spearwood PS's Abigail Price, Fiona Aellin, Kayden Harmer & Ace Layenesa are ready for the bush tucker garden. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491996 communitypix.com.au

SPEARWOOD Primary School students will soon be able to get their hands dirty in an educational bush tucker garden.

The school was chosen from more than 1200 applicants to receive a $1000 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant and will use the money to create a sustainable bush tucker garden complete with edible native flora.

Spearwood PS deputy principal Tracey Irving said the garden would be the legacy of their current Year 5 and 6 students.

“The students decided on the bush tucker garden concept as their legacy item after a visit from Sercul,” she said.

“We are hoping to include some grass trees (Balga), gum from the flowering spikes can be made into cakes and the flowers can be used to make a sweet drink, in addition to other plants such as coastal pigface (Bain), Harsh Hakea (Janda) and Quandong (Dumbari).

“Students will plant, water and maintain the garden, then harvest the edibles and use them in a variety of ways.

“Children need a variety of educational experiences, this will enhance their opportunities to engage with hands on learning.”

Spearwood Alternative School, St John Bosco College, Coolbellup Learning Centre, South Coogee Primary and Harrisdale Primary have also received a grant.