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Greening Kensington Public School

By Elevated Gardens

  • Greening Kensington Public School

    Greening Kensington Public School

  • Greening Kensington Public School

    Greening Kensington Public School

  • Greening Kensington Public School

    Greening Kensington Public School

About the project

Principal, Maurice Johnston said, “Our most successful initiative in greening the playground has been the acquisition of five Elevated Gardens systems.” Not only do the children learn about growing vegetables and other plants, they see the value of solar power and efficient water use first hand. This is due to Elevated Gardens’ solar powered, automated watering system with water recycled from the reservoir in the base of the growing tank. These self-contained growing systems have been placed on asphalt and with the customised, vertical growing wall the School can make the most of their limited space.
Mr Johnston likens the gardens to a micro environment where plants grow effortlessly. “From my office I can see children looking at the gardens and engaging in conversation about the plants during lunchtime,” he remarked. “It is great to see such engagement, even during their own, free time.”

Bruce Gollan who is the General Assistant at the School, has been instrumental in setting up the Elevated Gardens. “These gardens are low maintenance and the growth rate has been amazing,” said Mr Gollan. “Since we set up our first Elevated Gardens in late 2014, all I have had to do is top up the water and nutrient a couple of times.”
“We have tended to put the vegetables in the lower part of the Elevated Gardens and succulents up high. We have not lost a plant yet. The succulents planted in our original Elevated Gardens have flourished and we have been able to take cuttings to put straight into the Cocopeat of our latest Elevated Gardens and they are growing already,” said Mr Gollan.