Canterbury Public School students and staff at the official opening of their new garden.
AN unuseable wasteland outside the classrooms for many years at Canterbury Public School, has now been transformed into a quality, outdoor learning environment for special education classes thanks to a huge team effort and the result of multiple community partnerships.
Principal Berlinda Cook explains: "First we paid for an initial concept plan from Edible Gardens and then submitted a proposal to the Department of Education and asked them to take a leap of faith.
"The proposal was accepted within a couple of months but we still hadn't raised a cent.
"We spoke to Campsie Rotary and they were instantly supportive and pledged $10,000.
"Next we approached Wests Ashfield who pledged $13,000 and the dream then became fully realised.
"Students from Trinity also held a fundraiser at their school and raised over $3,000.
"Then I had a chance meeting with the Managing Director of Urban Landscape, Michael Gerrard, who said that his company could improve on the initial design and that they gave back to the community each year by giving away one free, detailed design and we were in luck."
At the edible garden opening last Thursday, Ms Cook says she wanted to thank all who played their part.