Students reap rewards in new garden

West Coast Institute of Training horticulture lecturer Ian Brunton works with Clarkson primary students Elias Shoosmith, James Hood, Jeri Gibson and Dakota Martion on the school's garden beds. Picture: Emma Reeves d403567
West Coast Institute of Training horticulture lecturer Ian Brunton works with Clarkson primary students Elias Shoosmith, James Hood, Jeri Gibson and Dakota Martion on the school's garden beds. Picture: Emma Reeves d403567

The school established its vegetable garden this year, aided by West Coast Institute (WCI) lecturer Ian Brunton.

Teacher Tony Shields said the horticulturalist had been coming to the school fortnightly to help set up the garden, and planned to bring his WCI students to get practical experience there too.

Some of the food already reaped and tasted included tomatoes, strawberries, capsicum, broccoli and lettuce.

However, the school needs some materials to keep its garden growing well, including stakes for tomatoes and string for climbing vegetables, clay cat litter, reticulation pipes for mini herb greenhouses, pet-friendly snail and slug pellets, and black plastic.