The 2013 Victorian Schools’ Garden Awards program was launched recently as part of Melbourne’s International Flower and Garden Show.
Now in its 36th year, the program had inspired generations of children to develop a greater understanding of their environment.
“The Awards promote biodiversity and teach students valuable lessons about recycling, and reducing waste and water consumption, and I encourage all schools in Malvern to get involved in this project,” Michael O’Brien, Member for Malvern, said.
“Gardening is a healthy and enjoyable pastime which promotes exercise and a good diet.
“Kitchen gardens which help fight obesity by encouraging healthy eating, are now found in an increasing number of Victorian schools,” Mr O’Brien said.
The Victorian Coalition Government is a major sponsor of the program, contributing $55,000 to the overall prize pool worth close to $60,000. This includes $37,200 in nursery vouchers; four turf and installation packages from the Turf Producers Association of Victoria valued at $4,500 each; and a $1,000 orchard from Fleming’s Nurseries.
Your school could take out top honours winning the Kevin Heinze Perpetual Award or a prestigious International Green Award for Most Sustainable Educational Institution.
The awards program is open to all Victorian schools, public and non-government. Winners will be announced in December at a special ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
For further information, contact Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria at: www.ngiv.com.au/Category?Action=View&Category_id=125