Students' work bears fruit
LISMORE High School Support Unit has won first prize in the Lismore Garden Competition, earning a nod of approval from Mayor Jenny Dowell along the way.
Support Unit teacher Robyn Wallace said winning the Schools Over 100 Students category came as a surprise as it was the unit's first entry.
"The students are so excited," she said.
"We won a perpetual trophy, pennants, and a Tahitian lime tree. That tree will be the beginning of the new section, a citrus garden."
The unit's students started the garden about two years ago as a form of work experience.
"We grow a good variety of other fruit, vegetables and herbs, with everything available for our staff to buy, including the eggs provided by our chooks," she said.
"All food scraps go to the chooks and they in turn provide fertiliser for it all."
Cr Dowell said she had to have a look "to see what I can do better in my own garden".
"I'm very impressed," she said.
"The fact that the whole garden is utilising materials recycled from elsewhere in the school is fantastic.
"And it's so well laid out and we can see it's all about the principles of sustainability. Everything I looked at today is so healthy."
All materials for the garden are recycled, from old tyres to timber from school picnic tables and even the former school fence.
Many of the plants have also been recycled.