The recipients of the Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants have been announced!

Yates and Junior Landcare got together to encourage schools to get creative in the garden, with 25 grants of up to $1000 each. School and youth groups who demonstrated innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community were in the running, with grants awarded to the most innovative, sustainable and environmentally conscious entries.

The idea was to get out of the garden bed, be inventive, imaginative – to create and educate – and our applicants certainly did that! Here are just a few examples of the great ideas that came through…

Indigenous Gathering Area and Bush tucker garden, Kilmore Primary School, Victoria

Kilmore PS will be creating a enriching and educational experience for the children to walk through. They will build a a dry creek bed with termite mounds, native animal sculptures, and Indigenous inspired art to show the students what the country is like outside their playground and to create an inspiring area for gathering, learning and relaxing. The garden will also create strong ties between the school and community, acting as a gathering point and story-telling area.

Vegetable Garden and Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Garden, Thurgoona Preschool Inc, New South Wales

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of their favourite book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, Thurgoona Preschool will be creating a sensory garden. Old tyres will help create the hungry caterpillar, and his body will be filled with a variety of plants providing smell and touch sensations.. The whole project will practice sustainability, including water conservation and food production through a vegetable garden.

Green, Yellow and Blue, Garden Train for Sustainable Living and Education, Brookville Kindergarten, Victoria

Brookville Kindergarten’s veggie-train will have three carriages on wheels, made from recycled timber packing crates. The train carriages will be decorated to symbolise the key environmental elements of Plants and Growth (Green), Sunshine (Yellow) and Water (Blue). Once created, the train will travel to three outdoor spaces, where the children will cultivate their own seasonal vegetables and herbs.

This years Winners: