School garden was a community project

A COMMUNITY has worked together to improve Canley Heights Public School's grounds (pictured right).

Local businesses and a group of volunteers donated their time, services and products recently to show their commitment to the school's students.

Teacher Ellen Payne said some of the gardens were part of the original school grounds from 1955.

"We needed to breathe new life and pride into our school," Mrs Payne said.

"The front of the school has been rejuvenated by the council, free of clutter and rubbish.

"Our kindergarten entrance received a tremendous trimming making it an open, safe and welcoming pathway into our school.

"The office entry gardens, as well as the area around the flagpole, has been cleared, re-planted with plants donated by families, had new edging sleepers painted and the beds mulched."

Mrs Payne praised the involvement of the community for the assistance.

"There are so many people who are making this project possible," she said.

"Liverpool Volunteer Resource Centre put our school in contact with volunteers as well as with James Lannan and David Seacy from the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

"The Liverpool Stake Young Men Program and their 60-plus young men volunteered their manpower.

"Eddie and Guss from Fairfield City Council gave the front entrance a huge clean-up and donated tonnes of mulch.

"Michael Ludenau from Bonnyrigg Garden Centre donated two carloads of native plants to integrate into the new garden areas.

"Bonnyrigg Bunnings donated 40 plants and reduced costings on paint, DIY equipment and timber sleepers."

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