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Native plants create new garden on National Tree Day

Goodstart centres

The children at Goodstart Wagga Wagga Station Place donned their gumboots and jackets last week and braved the weather to celebrate the 21st Planet Ark National Tree Day.

The children planted eight different kinds of native trees at their centre that had been donated by Wagga Wagga City Council.

Centre director, Melissa Weatley said the new native garden would create natural play spaces for the children.

“Getting back to nature is very important for children. It helps them to feel calm and relaxed, while exploring and developing their curiosity.”

“The children loved digging and getting their fingers dirty. They discovered a lot of worms whilst they were planting which created endless conversations with the educators and children,” Ms Weatley said.

Goodstart Wagga Wagga Station Place celebrates National Tree Day each year.

“We enjoy participating as it is an opportunity to do something good for the environment and it helps to promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes for our preschool children,” Ms Weatley said.

If you’re keen to get your little ones out to explore and learn in the garden, here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Plant sunflowers. Sunflowers are not only fast growing, but a beautiful addition to any garden and your child will see results in less than a week. Just make sure the children water them.
  • Make a mini worm farm. Use a plastic bottle, sand and dirt plus some dark paper to discover what worms do when they are under the ground.
  • Recycle your kitchen waste into food. Avocado seeds, celery bases, potato peels, pineapple tops, garlic cloves and onion bottoms can all be grown into new vegetables.
Visit to find out more about these and other fun outdoor activities.
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