Gar­den­ing play­group draws many fam­i­lies

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An in­ter­ac­tive gar­den­ing play­group for par­ents and chil­dren re­cently started at the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Gar­den has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ing suc­cess.

The gar­den com­mit­tee has been run­ning Ju­nior Green Thumbs and Par­ents gar­den­ing ses­sions on Mon­day morn­ings for the past few months, giving fam­i­lies the chance to so­cialise in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment out of the Pil­bara sun.

Com­mu­nity Gar­den project man­ager Sa­rina Daniels said the play­group had come a long way in the months since she started it.

“I started it be­cause there are not a lot of in­ter­ac­tive groups for par­ents and chil­dren to be to­gether here, for ages across the board,” she said. “It started off from a group of four mums and from there, it just grew. The home­school­ers came, peo­ple from Wick­ham came, and we’ve had peo­ple from Ex­mouth say we ac­tu­ally adore what you’re do­ing and would like to do some­thing like it.

“The group has gone from four mums to up to 16 fam­i­lies, so it’s re­ally grown on a con­sis­tent ba­sis. It’s an oa­sis, it’s a space for peo­ple to just come and be, let their kids be out in na­ture, and put their en­ergy to prac­ti­cal use.”

The gar­den com­mit­tee held a thank-you day last week for fam­i­lies who have been in­volved from its be­gin­ning.

Chil­dren planted sun­flower seeds, made their own pizza top­pings, learnt about plant-based es­sen­tial oils and en­joyed face­paint­ing by Coloured by Claire artist Claire Bai­ley.

Ms Daniels said the day had gone “fan­tas­ti­cally” well. “We had so many new fam­i­lies,” she said.

Ju­nior Green Thumbs and Par­ents ses­sions are held at the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Gar­den ev­ery Mon­day from 8am to 11am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, “like” the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Gar­den Facebook page.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Par­ents and young chil­dren are flock­ing to the new Green Thumbs ses­sions at the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

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