Eden Hill Primary School to grow newly-launched Tucker Bush garden

Year 2 students Kaylen Shelley (8), left, Bodhi Shanks (8) and Tobias Gray (7). Eden Hill Primary School has built a Tucker Bush garden. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487758
Year 2 students Kaylen Shelley (8), left, Bodhi Shanks (8) and Tobias Gray (7). Eden Hill Primary School has built a Tucker Bush garden. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487758

EDEN Hill Primary School students are combining Aboriginal culture and sustainability as part of the school’s growing Tucker Bush garden.

The garden, which was finished last month, is located in a section of the courtyard area and features bush tucker plants including sea purslane, plum pine, bush cherry, sea celery, chillies, bush mint and ginger.

It was funded through a Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries grant worth $1000.

Gardening duo Marissa Verma (also known as Bindi Bindi Dreaming) and Mark Tucek of Tucker Bush helped Year 2 students in planting the bush tucker and talked about Aboriginal culture and language.

Year 2 teacher Darianne Chisholm said the school wanted to form a garden with native plants because the area was dry and sandy.

Year 2 students Tobias Gray (7), left, Bodhi Shanks (8) and Kaylen Shelley (8). Eden Hill Primary School has built a Tucker Bush garden. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487758

“We needed to do something because the area is quite dry and it is also walked on and used by the children,” she said.

“I hope to get a kumquat tree and a finger lime tree.

“Then I hope to cook with those plants and then when it comes to Naidoc Week, we can actually show our garden and we would like to have someone like Marissa come back to do face paining, cook and use ingredients we have grown.”

She said the garden was open to the whole school and other students would contribute in further developing the garden.