Willetton kids get hands dirty

Trinity Marinakos, Rhyder O’Brien, Lingseng Zhang with Bunnings Willetton’s Rebecca Moane and Manjari Manoharan on Tree Day.
Trinity Marinakos, Rhyder O’Brien, Lingseng Zhang with Bunnings Willetton’s Rebecca Moane and Manjari Manoharan on Tree Day.

School principal Bronwyn Jones said providing the club was important for children in the city who could become isolated from nature.

�Smaller house blocks don�t give much space for a garden to play in or plant a vegie patch and children aren�t always aware of where their food comes from � apart from the shops,� she said.

�Being active and getting into nature has positive impacts on mental and physical health as well as academic performance. It provides opportunities to interact socially, to problem solve, be curious, and be creative and create.�

Last month for Tree Day, years 2 and 3 students got their hands dirty with sustainability experts from Willetton Bunnings.

Together they planted snow peas, beans, peas, strawberries, lettuce, baby spinach, parsley, basil, thyme and tomatoes in nine garden beds, as well as a mini lemon tree and dwarf mandarin tree.