Gar­den pests

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

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.”

Pic­ture: Face­book

The gar­den af­ter the van­dal­ism.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Cen­tre ed­u­ca­tor Beth Tai­lor with three-year-olds Saskia McNaughton, Zila Mitchell, Lucca Jotta, Jack Hughes and Frankie Stark.

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