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School pupils from around the region are sharing the unique stories of their communities by creating special gardens for Grow Ōtautahi – Christchurch’s very own, free three-day garden festival.
The Rātā Foundation School Gardens celebrate the best of our local environment, with a view to sustainability and education.
"What I’m seeing in the lead-up to the event is really blowing me away.
"The schools are not only creating wonderful reflections of their local communities, they’re also weaving the work into their learning with a focus on community, sustainability, creativity and celebrating our environment.
"The plants are growing well and I can’t wait to see them on site in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
“The commitment of the teachers, children and local communities involved is inspirational, and I know visitors to the festival will be delighted with what they have created.”
“The Rātā Foundation School Gardens provide a pathway for building the next generation of gardeners and eco-warriors.”
The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival Trust is closely monitoring the national Covid-19 situation, following all advice from Government and will respond to any changing circumstances.
“We are all focused on the task at hand and gearing-up to welcome people to the first-ever Grow Ōtautahi. This has always included a sharp focus on public safety and we’ll have appropriate hygiene and health-related processes in place,” MacRae said.