Deep roots: Darlington school gardener celebrates 80th birthday

Darlington Primary School gardener Phil Jackson with principal Lorna Woodley
Darlington Primary School gardener Phil Jackson with principal Lorna Woodley

IT was a special day for Darlington Primary School gardener Phil Jackson who celebrated turning 80 with fellow staff and students on Monday.

The school held a morning tea to mark Mr Jackson’s milestone birthday.

He was born in Iowa in the United States on August 29, 1937 and shares the date with his son Craig.

Mr Jackson is described as a sprightly and energetic figure who takes care of the raking, weeding, leaf blowing, planting, fertilising around the school, tending the beautiful, largely natural environment of the grounds.

He has been a part-time gardener at the school since April 2009.

His daughter-in-law Relita is a cleaner at the school and his two grandchildren also spent their primary school years there.

His tip for living long and staying healthy is that he doesn’t stress about anything.

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