OUTDOORS: Students learn about food by growing it.
OUTDOORS: Students learn about food by growing it.

Garden grants for little green thumbs

SCHOOLS can build their dream garden or outdoor classroom with the help of the Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program, now open for applications.

Get your garden growing with one of 15 grants valued at $2000 each - $1500 in funding plus $500 of Yates garden products and a consultation with a Yates gardening expert.

The grants are available for schools, youth groups and childcare centres.

The Yates consultation will help winners uncover the joy of the garden and arm kids with the tips and tricks to help their garden thrive.

Interested groups are invited to submit a design for their dream garden within their school grounds or communities.

Yates and Junior Landcare are looking for young imaginations to run wild and think about the kind of garden they would love to grow.

Vegie gardens, butterfly gardens, bush tucker and sensory gardens are just some of the projects funded in the past.

Tessa Jakszewicz, Landcare Australia chief executive, is encouraging schools to think about the benefits of outdoor learning for students.

"There are over 1000 gardens in Junior Landcare schools across Australia and the benefits of projects like these for students are vast,” Tessa said.

"They educate our young people about the importance of caring for our natural environment, where our food comes from, and provides opportunities to link outdoor learning projects with curriculum subjects,” she said.

Applications close June 29. Click here for information and to apply.



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