No one is ever to young to have a green thumb.
Pupils from Brown Hill Kindergarten proved this on Saturday after they helped plant six new fruit trees at the Brown Hill Recreation Reserve.
It was all part of a community tree planting day aimed at encouraging people to engage with their local community.
The pupils also planted a number of trees in parkland near the kindergarten on Friday, as part of an ongoing project to educate the young pupils about local trees, plants and wildlife in the area.
Brown Hill Kindergarten education leader Christine Sullivan said the bush kinder project was held once a week with council staff to help extend the children’s knowledge and commitment to the local environment.
In its fifth year she said children had the ability to get creative outside the traditional learning environment.
“It’s all about using your imagination and becoming familiar with the environment,” she said.
“We hope by the children having access to the environment it creates a greater sense of ownership.”
Ballarat City Councillor Samantha McIntosh said it was hoped the new fruit trees, combined with the new barbeque shelter, paths and playground would encourage more locals to venture out to the area.
“We want to encourage people to come out into their community and celebrate their surrounds,” she said.
“We hope it becomes a practice around Ballarat for anyone to pick fruit from these trees.”
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