Students + Bunnings + Men’s Shed .. what a team!


Bare earth and planting team ready

By: Michael Fox

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” 
Henry Ford

This morning I experienced an inspiring example of our community working together to create a special experience and a special place for students at Mt Gravatt State High School(SHS). Looking at the team picture with all the red shirts, it is hard to tell students from the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed and local Bunnings team members.


“Ok, who here has dug a hole?” Gaz

School yards are often hot dry concrete inhabited by Crows. With strong environmental leadership Mt Gravatt SHS is different, and now Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed members have constructed raised garden beds to create a living heart to the school yard. Teacher and environmental hero, Andrew Walsh told me that students were already very interested and looking forward to the garden being created.


Community working together

With the garden beds in place Community Liaison Officer, Irene Healy, engaged the support of three local Bunnings stores and Bunnings State Office. The Bunnings team arrived with plants, tools, hoses and ready for work. Power Garden Expert, Gaz did an outstanding job helping the students believe they could build a garden and it was a real pleasure to watch all the Bunnings team members working alongside students digging, planting, watering and mulching.

I was particularly impressed with the plants the Bunnings team selected.marigold-flowers-for-mosquito-control-31-jan-2016-lowres-collageThe planting will grow into a real kitchen garden with different types of lettuce, squash, fig tree and lots of citrus to feed both students and Orchard Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Marigold flowers will add a dash of colour and, importantly in Queensland, help keep mosquitoes away. Research is showing that volatiles in plants like marigold have high vapour toxicity for mosquitoes.(Debboun, M., Frances, S.P., Strickman, D.A. Insects Repellents Handbook, Second Edition(2015), CRC Press, London)

margaret-goulden-31-jan-2017-lowresJeff Goulden and his family were also at the event as the new garden is dedicated to the memory of another special community Margaret.










About Mt Gravatt Environment Group

Mt Gravatt Environment Group is restoring a unique piece of Australain native bushland only ten minutes from Brisbane CBD.
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2 Responses to Students + Bunnings + Men’s Shed .. what a team!

  1. Leanne Dunne says:

    Great work. Congratulations to everyone involved.

  2. Annette says:

    What a wonderful effort in supporting and assisting our local High School, put in edible gardens. The planting of Marigolds for pest control rather than the use of chemicals is a wonderful idea, companion planting.
    Not only do these students learn the benefits of gardening and appreciation of our environment but hopefully the students encourage their family and friends outside of school to do the same.

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