Boost for Local School’s Eco-Garden

Achieving Eco Flag status and improving the school garden to make it eco-friendlier and more sustainable is one of Dunedin School’s key development goals and when they approached Cameron Toll’s Community Fund for support we were only too happy help.

With very clear requirements to advance the school’s garden, the £500 funding award was earmarked for new equipment and plants identified by the school’s project leader.

Science teacher, Steve Begarnie said: “We knew exactly what we wanted and how that would play a part in our goals for the school’s garden.  We needed a rotating composter to help degrade kitchen food scraps and a power pressure sprayer to clear the path from algae to ensure we can access the garden area safely and this funding will make that happen. 

“We also wanted meadow flower and herb plants for our Home Economics kitchen that would go into new windowsill planters which we hope will attract the bees that live on the roof of Cameron Toll and may contribute to increasing output and the quality of honey!”

Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager at Cameron Toll, added: “Dunedin School is a fantastic school that provides education to children who have found mainstream schooling difficult.  When Steve applied to our Community Fund and explained what they needed we were delighted to support him. 

“Since the application we’ve also helped the pupils with a litter pick-up around the local area which was great fun.  Knowing too that the Cameron Toll bees will have another place to visit it is very exciting.” 

Groups and organisations interested in making an application to the Cameron Toll Shopping Centre Community Fund should visit to download an application form.