Your Garden Organics Garden Blitz 2018

Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton Councils would like to thank all the schools, preschools and community groups that applied to have a professional garden makeover as part of Your Garden Organics Garden Blitz 2018.

The selection committee had a very tough job with so many inspiring and creative applications. As a thankyou we will be delivering 2 bags of Your Garden Organics soil conditioner to each of the applicants. The quality of the applications and the dedication of the staff and volunteers behind the entries definitely set us a challenge! However after long deliberation three entries from each council were shortlisted for site visits and further discussions before the final selections were made – Millfield Public School, Maitland Tutorial Centre and Singleton Heights Public School.

The Garden Blitz project is designed to be a tangible demonstration of the benefits of councils’ introduction of the garden organics service for the community and environment. By choosing to use your garden organics bin to dispose of your excess garden vegetation you have helped make this project possible!

The mulch, compost and soil conditioners used in the garden makeovers are produced by Australian Native Landscapes from the material collected in the garden organics bins. From garden organics bin to garden bed – completing the cycle !

Cessnock – Millfield Public School

Millfield Public School’s garden overhaul will transform an under utilised space into a feature of the school used by students, teachers, parents and the wider community.

Currently bare gardens and grass, the Garden Blitz team will turn their space into a welcoming and relaxing area complimenting the colourful and vibrant learning that takes place in the classrooms (as you can see from the video!).

MFP, Principal Benjamin Durrie was excited by the announcement and said the Garden Blitz will happen at a very fitting time.

“Our school community will soon celebrate our 150th anniversary. This will be a fantastic way mark this important milestone. The overhaul of this space will add to our already flourishing culture, providing us with an area promoting environmental sustainability and native habitats.”

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent visited the site and congratulated the school and said Council was looking forward to visiting Millfield Public School once the project is complete.

Maitland – Maitland Tutorial Centre

Maitland Tutorial Centre caters for high school students with significant challenges including behavioural, emotional and mental health issues and provides students with a range of programs that develop self-esteem, confidence and social skills. Recently relocated to a new site at Rutherford, it is built on a slope, with minimal landscaping, poor soil quality, drainage issues and lack of funding.

Add to that Damian Flaherty, a teacher full of ideas and energy, who goes all the way to help his students and just needed some help to get things rolling. This sounded like just the project for the Garden Blitz team.

Together, the Garden Blitz team and students will create an outdoor learning area that doubles as a safe, tranquil space for reflection. Through the application of the garden organics compost, and soil conditioner they will be able to develop thriving vegie garden beds, introduce established plants as screening, expand their native garden habitats and build a retainer wall that will double as seating.

Singleton -Singleton Heights Public School

Challenged by limited funding and man power, Singleton Heights Public School (SHPS) needed help to develop an under utilised area of the playground with very poor sandy soil into a sensory garden that catered for the diverse needs and reflected the cultural backgrounds of their 570 students with a focus on sustainability, and creative solutions to involve children in the space.

The Garden Organics Garden Blitz team will start them on their journey, by rejuvenating the soil, installing sensory and native plants and seating made from recycled plastic, that will provide an outdoor learning area, as well as a safe, quiet environment for students during playtime.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore congratulated SHPS on their submission, “the Garden Blitz project is a great opportunity for students to benefit from the collective effort that Singleton has made in recovering their garden organics with thousands of tonnes of garden waste diverted from landfill,” she said.

“The Garden Blitz is an exciting opportunity for the students of SHPS to not only learn about the recycling process— from their Garden Organics bin to their new garden beds — but also for our community to benefit directly from our collective commitment to recycling green waste.”

Singleton Heights Public School