Murrurundi Public School students bring garden back to life after it was destroyed by bats

GROW: Murrurundi Public School students Adam, Ally, Connor and Salwa with activity organiser at Bunnings Tamworth Lorraine Staniland.
GROW: Murrurundi Public School students Adam, Ally, Connor and Salwa with activity organiser at Bunnings Tamworth Lorraine Staniland.

LAST year, a nearby flying fox colony was driving students at Murrurundi Public School a little batty.

Their back garden patch had been destroyed by the bats and the birds in their aviary had died as a result of the growing camp.

Students and teachers have since been working to gradually bring the space back to life and this week had a little extra help from the lovely staff at Bunnings Warehouse Tamworth.

PLANTING: Murrurundi Public School students Gracie, Zoe and Jaylen helping bring life to their back garden patch.

PLANTING: Murrurundi Public School students Gracie, Zoe and Jaylen helping bring life to their back garden patch.

Kitchen and garden teacher Kerry Lloyd-Jones said the kids were working to get a native edible garden established.

“The kids have been working to assemble new garden beds, plant seeds and give the area a general tidy-up,” she said.

Bunnings staff donated native edible plants, vegetable seedlings, gloves, little spades and other tools so students could get dug in.

REVAMP: Murrurundi Public School students with kitchen and garden teacher Kerry Lloyd-Jones and Eileen Roach and Bunnings Tamworth's Lorraine and Jeff Staniland.

REVAMP: Murrurundi Public School students with kitchen and garden teacher Kerry Lloyd-Jones and Eileen Roach and Bunnings Tamworth's Lorraine and Jeff Staniland.

Eco pots were also provided to plant seeds in – the sustainable pots disintegrate into the ground after planting.

The students were very excited to be giving the area a revamp and taught how to grow and look after their own little plant from the seed and given the option to paint or decorate the pot.

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