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Harrisville School Greenhouse Donation

We are the proud owners of a new green house. Built over the holiday break by Graham Hunkin of Hunkin Garden Products with his son Andrew, they completed this project after donating the structure. Another generous donation, along with the building time. Graham is a past P.T.A. and Board of Trustees member, Lisa and Andrew past pupils. A huge thanks. We look forward to beginning the seed propagating process for our gardens.

Julie Fox, Principal
www.harrisville.school.nz

 

Gardening at Harrisville School
Press release August 2008

The common perception today is that all children are interested in is computers, TV and playstations. Nothing could be further from the truth at Harrisville Primary School, a semi rural school situated on the outskirts of Tuakau. Here the children are actively growing vegetables in their school garden. So impressed was Graham Hunkin of Hunkin Garden Products that he decided to donate one of his Halls Popular 86 polycarbonate greenhouses to the school, so they could grow out of season and propagate their own plants from seed. Both our children attended this school and we wanted to give something back, and the use of twin wall polycarbonate instead of glass has made our greenhouses safe for children, says Graham.

The greenhouse proved to be a catalyst to forming the gardening club that now has over 30 children participating. The greenhouse is chocked full of seedlings and the children take great delight in telling you about them. Not only are there tomatoes, lettuces, and beans but also children’s favourites like swan plants to attract the monarch butterfly in summer. The children plan to plant the school gardens out and to also sell seedlings at their pet day in October. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm of the staff and children, says Graham Hunkin. While we are unable to donate greenhouses to all schools, we can offer a discount to schools if they are interested in a greenhouse.
 
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