New sandpit gets a spruce-up

Te Anau School Years 5 and 6 pupils complete their artwork on the recently build sandpit at the Fiordland Community Garden.

THE Fiordland Community Garden Charitable Trust has gone from strength to strength.

Members are aiming to complete their extended community garden build this winter, ready to produce more food in spring. Another tunnel house, a children’s sandpit and new gardens have recently been added.

Trust president Andrea Staben said the trust’s Facebook page had reached 500 members.

“Our team would like to thank you for supporting the garden. 500 isn’t just a number to us, it represents connection in our community and the opportunity to reach more people.”

The trust recently invited Te Anau School Years 5 and 6 pupils, along with their teacher, who were provided a blank canvas to create artwork for the sandpit.

“Inviting the primary school class to paint the sandpit is a way to encourage the students to get involved in the community garden. We want them to return, bring their families and be proud of their artistic contribution,” Ms Staben said.

“By providing fun areas for children within the garden, we hope to encourage their curiosity to ask questions and learn about plants and bugs. We aim to encourage families to learn how to grow and include more fresh fruit and vegetables into their daily meals.”

Fiordland College pupils also designed the community garden sign with the help of Fiordland College art teacher Rebecca Straker-Cunningham, who brought her class to the garden for inspiration.

The sandpit project was made possible through sponsors Resene Invercargill, which provided the paint, Vern Thompson, who built the sandpit, and Meridian Energy Manapouri Powerup Fund, which provided the materials.

The community garden was always open to have a look around or to check out the pupils’ artwork.

Anyone who was interested in having a guided tour, a chat or do some volunteer work, was welcome to join Ms Staben at the garden on Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am, and Fridays, 12.30pm-2.30pm.

  • For more information about workshops, go to the Fiordland Community Garden Charitable Trust Facebook page or to find out more about the garden, email