Children’s book inspires new garden

Saskia McNaughton, Zila Mitchell, Lucca Jotta, Jack Hughes & Frankie Stark Staff - Beth Tailor (Assistant Director) enjoying the new garden. Photo: Jon Hewson. d490374 communitypix.com.au.
Saskia McNaughton, Zila Mitchell, Lucca Jotta, Jack Hughes & Frankie Stark Staff - Beth Tailor (Assistant Director) enjoying the new garden. Photo: Jon Hewson. d490374 communitypix.com.au.

A CHILDREN’S book has inspired a beautiful new community garden at a local childcare centre.

Goodstart Early Learning in Cockburn Central used the book I Grow in Grandad’s Garden to inspire the creation of their new green patch, complete with a range of delicious produce including tomatoes, snow peas, eggplants, capsicum, strawberries, silverbeet, beetroot and carrots.

A $1300 sustainability grant from the City of Cockburn and volunteers from Bunnings and Communicare helped the garden blossom.

Centre director Wendy Cook said they hoped the new space encouraged the children to learn more about growing food and saving water.

“The book was inspiring and ideas for the front of the centre that was predominately unused and not very attractive started flowing,” she said.

“We thought with all of the new high-rise apartments popping up in the Cockburn area a community garden would give the children a different sensory environment to explore and allow families to spend time with the children in a natural setting that they may not have close by.

“Communicare assisted with building a ‘cross over bridge’ and a beautiful mosaic ‘think and thank’ chair that feature in the book, and many of the plants selected for the garden were chosen based on the book.

“The children have enjoyed a plentiful harvest of tomatoes, snow peas, capsicum, beans and leafy greens that they have turned into salads for lunch or they have simply grabbed a healthy snack on the way home.”