Andrew Wood, Blue Wren Sub-Committee, Bulletin July 5/2021  JUuy 2021

This small grant program is named in honour of Jan Craney, a respected and much-loved former convenor and member of the Blue Wren Subcommittee. In her will Jan left the Subcommittee a bequest to foster biodiversity in our suburb. Jan was particularly interested in the education of children leading to an increased awareness of the value of native plants and animals.

This year, the Subcommittee received three grant applications, which were assessed by Judy Christie, Anna Szanto, Janet Walquist and Andrew Wood. Each of the applications was considered worthy of a grant:

  • SDN Preschool Glebe ‒ Native plant vertical garden; $1,450.
  • Explore and Develop, Preschool, Annandale ‒ Connecting Country through classroom ecosystems ‒$1,100.
  • Glebe Public School ‒ Glebe Public School environment project ‒ $2,000.

On completing the project, a report of about 300 words accompanied by a photograph is to be submitted to the Subcommittee. The report will be suitable for publication in the Society’s Bulletin and website.

Students at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay in their Native Tree Garden established with funds from a previous year’s Craney Small Grant (photo: Christopher Roberts)