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Hands on . . . Gore High School horticulture students (from left) Karlee Morton, Bailey Dickson, Alex Reid and Darren Stanton spread pea straw on the hosta beds in Bannerman Park. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Four Gore High School pupils know a little more about mulching, weeding and sowing seeds after a stint with the district council’s gardeners.

Karlee Morton,17, Bailey Dickson, 16, Alex Reid and Darren Stanton, both 15, are studying horticulture and earning NCEA credits while they help council staff.

Alex said the four had enjoyed the experience.

“It’s just more hands on than classroom work,” he said.

The practical work was worth 20 credits.

It was Karlee’s second year working in the gardens.

“While you are doing the practical part of that you are learning as well,” she said.

Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said having professional gardeners on the staff gave the council the ability to provide mentoring and practical experience.

“The students are spending one afternoon a fortnight with gardening staff, learning such aspects as mulching and composting, and various other general maintenance gardening tasks,” Mr Soper said.