Gardening grows at Cardiff centre

HANDS-ON: Emma Hocking, 4, Sophie Oliver, 5, Joseph Lee, 4, and Cameron McLennan water the Cardiff Early Education and Care Centre's vegetable garden.

HANDS-ON: Emma Hocking, 4, Sophie Oliver, 5, Joseph Lee, 4, and Cameron McLennan water the Cardiff Early Education and Care Centre's vegetable garden.

CARDIFF Early Education and Care Centre has received its first council grant to transform its playgrounds into a sensory haven.

The centre was one of 11 community groups and schools to receive a boost from Lake Macquarie council in its latest round of environmental sustainability grants.

It will receive $2814 to install vertical gardens, vegetable patches, a compost and native plants in its three playgrounds.

Centre director Kathryn Russell said the centre had been working towards sustainable practices for some time, with a vegetable garden and worm farm already installed.

"We're very excited. We still have a lot of work to do but we're getting there," she said.

Catering to 113 children each week, the centre will complement the new additions to its gardens with a sustainability education program for the children. This will be incorporated into the classrooms through books, posters and discussions.

Children will also be able to participate in hands-on activities in the new gardens and learn how to grow and care for plants.

The centre expects to receive the grant in September.

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