GROWING UP: Child care worker Ken has many happy helpers in the Lower Bucca Community Preschool’s new garden.
GROWING UP: Child care worker Ken has many happy helpers in the Lower Bucca Community Preschool’s new garden. Gemima Harvey

Sustainability growing on us

A NEW garden at Lower Bucca Community Preschool is growing more than just plants - and the whole community is invited to check it out.

A thriving community spirit and passion for sustainability is being fostered at this local community preschool thanks to a new project funded by Coffs Harbour City Council's Green Schools Environmental Sustainability Grants.

More than a dozen local families came together recently to collaborate on the school's new edible, medicinal garden ahead of the school's Solstice Community Fair on June 20.

Phase 1 of the project saw the grounds of the school buzzing with activity as three of six raised beds were constructed and prepared for children to begin planting and learning about organic, sustainable growing.

The children were also given a variety of new gardening implements and have already put their new mini rakes to good use, adding piles of autumn leaves to the newly created worm feeding and composting area. There have been enthusiastic discussions about what other creatures might live in the piles of garden waste.

More than just a garden, the new addition will foster a range of responsibilities for the children while promoting sustainability. Children can now enjoy the hands-on responsibilities of planting, watering and nurturing with herbs and vegetables.

It's not just the children who are excited. Parents now linger after drop-off to see how the garden is progressing; they brainstorm different garden related activities, ideas on how to combat unwanted pests and designs for future fencing and trellis and of course lovely ways to use the fresh produce at the school and the upcoming fair, on pizza-making days, making wholesome winter soups and other healthy home-made ideas for utilising medicinal plants too.

"The Lower Bucca Preschool committee is actively participating in increasing the community partnerships," president Kate Tuck said.

"Local companies have shown great support with donations. We are also sourcing quality organic plant donations from local farmers.

"To date donations have been welcomed from Al at Biomass, Tahini at Bunnings, Garth from Big Garden Furniture in Woolgoolga, Julie from Total Gardens and Judy from Mitre 10. A big thanks goes out to those people for adding so much more to this wonderful new project."

All are invited to the fair from 2pm which will include kids activities, market stalls, a bake sale, live entertainment, plant sale, fresh produce, coffee, sideshow alley, silent auction and of course the lighting of the solstice bonfire at 5pm.

Visit the preschool at 870/872 Bucca Rd, Bucca, 6654 3231.



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