School’s native garden to grow

The native garden at Millicent North Primary School is set to expand thanks to a $1500 grant from the Woolworths supermarket in Millicent. Science key teacher Amber Deane wrote the successful application for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant.

She said the grant would be used to build a native beehive and also to enhance the native bee and butterfly habitat. “Students will research native species and which native pollinator shrubs will attract the native bees,” Ms Deane said. “They will plan, prepare and plant the shrubs.”

The grant was presented at a recent school assembly by Millicent Woolworths assistant manager Tobias Bastiaanse and staff members Chloe Dibley and Courtney Pond. It was accepted by school captains Brayden Moore, Holly Lowndes and Grace Ellis.

As part of its ongoing commitment to a greener future, Woolworths in partnership with Landcare Australia, opened its third round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants earlier this year. Open to primary schools and early learning centres across Australia, Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants aim to inspire kids with hands-on projects focussing on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats.

Acknowledging the importance of bees and pollinators to the environment, in addition to grants of up to $1000 each, applicants were offered extra funding of up to $500 for projects that support bees. It was anticipated that up to 1000 grants would be awarded.

However, because of the massive number of high-calibre applications received, Woolworths funded 1609 Australian primary schools and early learning centres with grants of up to $1000, with 1021 of them also receiving up to $500 for a bee bonus. This is the largest number of Junior Landcare Grants ever given out in a single round.

Combined with the 2018 and 2019 grant rounds, a total of 2724 schools and early learning centres across the country have received grants. The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price.

Bag for Good was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.

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