The SOCO & Loanport Sustainability Hub Now Open
With the generous support of SOCO & Loanport and the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, we have upgraded our kitchen garden into a new Sustainability Hub.
Our project started with 2 new recycle enclosures with roof gardens (currently planted with strawberries and cucumbers) which were purchased with a grant from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Container Deposit Scheme. When the enclosures arrived, it prompted the idea of upgrading the kitchen garden area and so we set about to design and construct the garden as a place where the children can learn about sustainability in a hands-on, engaging and fun way.
With sponsorship from SOCO & Loanport we installed 2 new raised wicking beds from Gaia’s Organic Gardens. The beds are filled with organic mushroom compost and the team were given lots of help on the day from the children to plant out all the lovely vegetables and herbs.
We installed a limestone path and used jarrah tan bark to give the area a more natural look. The existing garden bed was tidied up with new steel edging and the addition of our compost tumbler and a small water tank that collects rainwater from the cubby roof. Finishing touch - a picnic bench for the children to sit at for outdoor lessons.
We officially opened our new Sustainability Hub on the 21th of November with the Mayor of South Perth Greg Milner along with Ashleigh Goodchild from SOCO and Catherine Borromei from Loanport, joining our Principal Tanya Steers and Board President Josh Ellis.
We would like to thank everyone involved in making this project so successful including our parents who came along and worked so hard to get the work done at our Busy Bee. We now have an amazing space for the children to learn, play and engage with.