Bush tucker garden takes root at Clarkson Primary School

Chance Mitchell (y6), Chaniekah Little (y4), teacher Shauna Narrier, Joel Farrell (y4) and Summer Adams (y4). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Chance Mitchell (y6), Chaniekah Little (y4), teacher Shauna Narrier, Joel Farrell (y4) and Summer Adams (y4). Photo: Martin Kennealey

BUSH tucker will be on the learning menu at Clarkson Primary School from next term.

School board member Lara Edwards said the school had created a “tasteful and tactile” bush tucker garden to celebrate its ties to Aboriginal heritage.

Mrs Edwards said Bunnings in Clarkson had donated plants and a handmade bridge for the trail, which crosses a dry river bed with pebbles painted by students.

Summer Adams (y4) and Chance Mitchell (y6). Photo: Martin Kennealey

She said the store also donated a firepit, where the school planned to showcase culinary delights of local Aboriginal culture.

“More than 30 types of bush tucker plants have been planted in the heritage garden including native fruit bearing trees, shrubs and ground covers with a variety of cultural uses,” she said.

Bunnings employees worked in the garden.

“The garden will be used to bring awareness and education to the community on the importance of our local environment and the native Aboriginal culture and history.”

Mrs Edwards said garden features included a mia mia shelter, a yarning circle, sign posted bush tucker plants, informational signage along the trail and a Dreamtime Rainbow Serpent mural.

Joel Farrell (y4). Photo: Martin Kennealey

Parents, teachers and students volunteered to create the garden and an official opening is planned for Thursday, July 23.

Chaniekah Little (y4). Photo: Martin Kennealey