Crestwood Public students plant the seeds of contentment

Crestwood Public School pupils will see the fruits of their labour in about 10 days after planting pea sprouts during an environmental workshop.

About 85 pupils in year 1 took part in the Hills Council-supported workshop run on Monday by Keep NSW Beautiful environmental educator Emma Sinclair.

The schoolyard harvest module talked pupils through gardens, different plant parts and what they need to survive and grow.

‘‘I think the best thing about this particular workshop is that it is very hands-on,’’ Ms Sinclair said.

‘‘Kids plant the seeds, touch the soil. It reinforces that . . . understanding of where our food comes from, that it doesn’t just come from the shops.’’

Ms Sinclair said children in The Hills were generally knowledgeable about plants but the information some had gained at compost workshops carried out at schools in the area over the past five weeks was a surprise to them.

‘‘They love hearing about the fact you can put hair in the compost bin, and their fingernails when they are cut,’’ she said.

‘‘The whole tea bag can go in as long as you check there is no metal staple.’’

Keep NSW Beautiful chief executive David Imrie said The Hills Council first made the program part of their overall strategy to increase students’ environmental awareness in 2007.

‘‘By sending us into schools they show children how to minimise their environmental footprint and develop a high sense of personal responsibility,’’ he said.’’

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