Vandals strike childcare centre garden.
VANDALS may have destroyed a childcare centre’s garden but not Cockburn’s community spirit.
In January, Goodstart Early Learning Cockburn Central was celebrating the completion of its new edible garden, planting a range of produce including tomatoes, snow peas, eggplants, capsicum, strawberries, silverbeet, beetroot and carrots.
But on the Easter weekend vandals trashed the garden, stealing vegetable and herb plants as well as ornaments, including a wooden bridge and a birdbath.
Centre director Wendy Cook said they were devastated at the vandalism.
“I think the overwhelming feeling was one of sadness,” she said.
She said since the incident they had been overwhelmed by the community response and generosity.
“One amazing mum jumped onto the local sites on Facebook to share the news and word of mouth did the rest,” she said.
“We have received plant donations from a member of the public, Prem, who tried to stay anonymous but we were never going to let her act of kindness go unnoticed and we dropped off a lovely card from the children to say thank you.
“We were gifted a second-hand birdbath, loads of compost and potting mix; once our local Bunnings heard about the theft they were kind enough to offer us some vouchers to assist with replacing some of the herbs and vegetables.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by donations and support but also the feeling of belonging in the Cockburn community, where people come together.”
The garden after the vandalism.
Centre educator Beth Tailor with three-year-olds Saskia McNaughton, Zila Mitchell, Lucca Jotta, Jack Hughes and Frankie Stark.