Keep your school garden alive over the holidays

The importance of food and herb gardens in schools

School gardens are important for teaching children where food comes from. Increasingly with food scarcity in many families, and 13.6% of Australians living below the poverty line, knowing how to grow food is an important life skill to master.

Compared to seventy years ago, more than two-thirds of Australians now live in a capital city with the urban sprawl of our cities taking up once was valuable land used for market gardens and quarter-acre home blocks.

For many children today, fruit and vegetables come from the supermarket – they don’t have any lived experience of growing food nor food production. Plus, they are losing the connection to land which can be a valuable anchor for people as they go through life.
This is why across ELC and school initiatives like Nature Play, Recycling and edible gardens are taking off.

School gardens are important for teaching children where food comes from. Increasingly with food scarcity in many families, and 13.6% of Australians living below the poverty line, knowing how to grow food is an important life skill to master.

Compared to seventy years ago, more than two-thirds of Australians now live in a capital city with the urban sprawl of our cities taking up once was valuable land used for market gardens and quarter-acre home blocks.

For many children today, fruit and vegetables come from the supermarket – they don’t have any lived experience of growing food nor food production. Plus, they are losing the connection to land which can be a valuable anchor for people as they go through life.
This is why across ELC and school initiatives like Nature Play, Recycling and edible gardens are taking off.

WaterUps and Trinity Grammar School

Why use WaterUps?

  • Our WaterUps wicking beds use 80% of the water of above ground irrigation system, meaning less water and time is needed to water and maintain a garden.
  • Keep your school garden alive and watered during holidays when you’re not there, thanks to our unique wicking watering system which will ensure plants will mostly survive
  • The WaterUps team can provide guidance in fund raising for your school or ELC garden and can help with identifying and accessing appropriate grant funding.

In some locations, WaterUps has links with organisations that can provide ongoing advice and assistance in maintaining your school garden, e.g., in NSW, this is Sydney Pocket City Farms and Wollongong Green Connect.

Why use WaterUps?

  • Our WaterUps wicking beds use 80% of the water of above ground irrigation system, meaning less water and time is needed to water and maintain a garden.
  • Keep your school garden alive and watered during holidays when you’re not there, thanks to our unique wicking watering system which will ensure plants will mostly survive
  • The WaterUps team can provide guidance in fund raising for your school or ELC garden and can help with identifying and accessing appropriate grant funding.

In some locations, WaterUps has links with organisations that can provide ongoing advice and assistance in maintaining your school garden, e.g., in NSW, this is Sydney Pocket City Farms and Wollongong Green Connect.

Get in Touch with WaterUps for Schools and Early Learning Centres

At WaterUps, we enrich education with sustainable gardening solutions. Our innovative wicking systems offer hands-on, curriculum-aligned learning experiences.

Together, we can create vibrant, sustainable learning spaces that inspire and educate the next generation.

Contact us today to learn about our exclusive offers and tailored packages for schools!

Watch the Wilkins Public School Case Study

A guide to setting up your School Vegetable Garden with WaterUps

To see how Trinity Grammar School in Sydney incorporated their Green Patches into the curriculum, watch the video below put together by their Sustainability Teacher, Mel Bargwanna.

WaterUps Wicking Solutions are made from 100% Australian recycled plastic.

As a company we invest heavily in research and development and thus provide affordable wicking solutions and gardening tips that deliver superior results.

Watch the Trinity Grammar School Case Study

WaterUps Trinity Grammar School Summer Hill NSW
WaterUps Trinity Grammar School Summer Hill NSW

Trinity Grammar School Summer Hill NSW

In mid 2021 WaterUps worked with Landscape Architecture lecturer at UNSW, Melinda Bargwanna, to help establish an amazing array of wicking garden beds for growing edibles in a various areas of the junior school. These will be central to the sustainability ciriculum that Meinda will be running at Trinity.

WaterUps Kiddiwinks Pre School, South Windsor NSW
WaterUps Kiddiwinks Pre School, South Windsor NSW

Kiddiwinks Pre School, South Windsor NSW

In December 2020 WaterUps did its first installation for Urban Landscape Projects at their Kiddiwinks Pre School project at South Windsor in western Sydney. ULP has been building wicking beds into their landscape designs for a number of years. They are now using WaterUps because they make installation much easier.

WaterUps - Bondi Public School, Bondi NSW
WaterUps - Bondi Public School, Bondi NSW

Bondi Public School, Bondi NSW

In early 2019 WaterUps was approached by Bondi Public, a Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden school, to help solve a watering problem with their garden beds. This led to the school installing 35 WaterUps Oasis steel beds over the following year. In November 2022 the schools added additional Oasis beds and 3 new in-ground wicking beds with Sub-Irrigation Channels and Tree Planters.

WaterUps St Lukes Grammar School, Freshwater
WaterUps St Lukes Grammar School, Freshwater

St Lukes Grammar School, Freshwater

In October 2020 WaterUps helped St Luke’s refit a large existing garden bed on the roof area of the school with WaterUps and to build a new timber wicking bed.

Creating and maintaining gardens helps students to develop knowledge and skills for sustainable living, and for studying how we can meet human needs while preserving the environment for future generations. Practical activities in garden design, planting and harvesting, can be linked to a range of curriculum areas including science, arts, literacy, and numeracy.

Quote from NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage

Involving students in food gardens is a rewarding and educational experience with academic, social and environmental benefits.

Sustainable Schools NSW