The children and families of the Glenavon Early Childhood Centre will soon benefit from the home-grown produce raised in their brand-new raised garden, thanks to a $500 funding grant from EcoMatters.
The filling and planting of the planter box was the final stage of the newly constructed outdoor playground complex completed last year and officially opened in December. The planting project was led by local volunteers Richard Stirling and Marjorie Blaiklock with eager help from the children, teachers and parents.
Glenavon Community Hub co-ordinator Eva Wongchiu commented, “It’s very exciting to see the young ones getting stuck in with such enthusiasm, helping Richard with digging and planting right through the whole project.”
Above: Children enjoying the challenges of the new playground
GECC head teacher Anu Mysore was also excited for the many learning and development opportunities the garden will offer for the children.
The centre’s extensive renovations also included interior modifications, with a brand-new ablutions block and the opening up of the indoor space to provide a large seamless room for the children to access the centre’s resources.
Glenavon Early Childhood Centre is very grateful for the generous funding for the renovations, which included grants from Whau Local Board, TTCF, Pub Charities, Four Winds, Lion Foundation, NZTC and Grass roots.