In October, the Community Garden was invited by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment & Sustainability Department to present a couple of activities relating to gardening and the environment. And what a great day it was, with a wide diversity of activities being presented to a large number of local years 5&6 school children from around the Shire.
We decided to:
a) Build a Beneficial Bug Motel that the kids could take back to school and put into the school garden to create habitat for predatory and pollinating insects. The main benefit is that kids can understand that there is no need to spray pesticides when there are natural means of pest control like this.
b) Build a worm tower and discuss the benefits of keeping worms in your backyard to help with soil fertility in your garden whilst recycling amazing amounts of diverse organic materials that are often seen as waste and sent off site.
What a great surprise when Costa Georgiadis turned up on the Day and inspired the kids (and the adults) with his enthusiastic pep talk on the role of the kids in the protection and enhancement of our local environment!
It was an enjoyable, educational and well-executed event which will hopefully be repeated in the years to come. Here is one of the groups of students proudly displaying their newly-completed Beneficial Bug Motel.