Planting seeds of growth at Victoria Park Community Centre

David Stevens and Bernadette Wheeler from Bunnings join Victoria Park Community Centre manager Nicky Macdougall and Eilyn Tee (behind) to establish the new garden.
Picture: David Baylis
David Stevens and Bernadette Wheeler from Bunnings join Victoria Park Community Centre manager Nicky Macdougall and Eilyn Tee (behind) to establish the new garden. Picture: David Baylis

THE transformation of Victoria Park Community Centre’s outdoor play area has continued with the addition of a veggie garden.

A band of willing volunteers plus a pair of experts from Bunnings East Victoria Park built four new raised beds to grow an entire salad bowl of ingredients.

The group planted tomato, carrot, lettuce, capsicum and chilli plants along with bunches of different herbs.

Borrowing from the ‘from little things, big things grow’ theory, centre manager Nicky MacDougall said teaching children about gardening could give them a passion for plants forever.

At the very least, it might encourage them to eat their greens.

“The idea is the kids can watch them grow and then eat the produce,” she said.

“And if it grows well enough, they can take some of the produce home for their families.”

The Town of Victoria Park replaced play equipment at the centre less than six months ago and also paved an under-cover area to create a lovely outlook zone for parents.

Next step to spruce up the 25-year-old centre – green grass.

“We want to have grass that kids can roll around on,” Ms MacDougall said.