Students pitch in at community garden

Ashlin Long and Sophie Lee, pictured pulling a few weeds, came up with the idea for doing the project at the Leamington Community Gardens.

The Leamington Community Garden was brightened up with both community spirit ad a fresh coat of paint last week when 31 students from Cambridge Middle School visited as part of a learning enquiry to do a community service project.

The old wooden fence lining one side received a multi-colour paint job, weeds were pulled, grass mowed and new seedlings planted, and it was all in good timing for Rocky Teepa, who has run the gardens for a number of years.

Students planted a variety of seedlings donated by local nurseries, with the help of Rocky Teepa (right).

Rocky underwent keyhole surgery to remove lung cancer earlier this year, and although it was a success, strict doctor’s orders meant he had to take it easy, leaving the garden a little overgrown and behind.

“They’re doing a nice thing, they’ve done awesome. I’m quite proud of this lot,” said Rocky, who helped them out on the day and even picked them up with the Cambridge Travel Lines bus he drives on his afterschool bus run.

31 students from Cambridge Middle School pitched in during the project.

Impact officers for the project Ashlin Long and Sophie Lee, the ones who originally came up with the idea, said Rocky does so much for the community that by helping him they were helping the community. “He helps give back to the community, so by helping him we’re helping the community,” Ashlin explained.

“We’re doing this work for the community, it’s not just for ourselves, it’s for other people,” said Sophie, “and it makes you happy and proud that you can give back.”

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