Judging by the debris surrounding the bag of compost, the children at Gardening Tots have been getting stuck in. Usually they’re outdoors at Eastbrook Manor Community Centre in Fishersgate digging, planting and weeding. But today it’s raining and they’re inside filling flower pots with soil.
Gardening Tots is another activity in the Growing Communities project run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and supported by Adur and Worthing Councils.
The gardening group for under fives and parents meets at Eastbrook Manor Community Centre every Thursday from 11 to 12 noon for a spot of horticulture on land beside the centre.
“Educational as well as fun”
This year leaf salads, carrots, sunflowers and wildflowers amongst other plants are being cared for. “They love digging the holes, and it gives them a bit of freedom outdoors with other children,” says Natalie who attends with her toddler.
“The children are also given information about what they are planting and when it will grow, so it’s educational as well as fun,” adds Amy, who is a regular at the group with her child. “We’ve also been known to get a bit of advice about our own gardens too!” admitted Amy.
Graeme Brooker, TCV Project Officer, says: “It’s great for the children to be getting dirty and exploring nature. They love all the mini beasts too, and are generally a lively bunch!”
Green Gym gardening group
Adults too can get involved in a separate project, the Green Gym gardening group, as part of the Growing Communities project at Eastbrook Manor Community Centre. The Green Gym meets every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm.
If you want to get involved with Gardening Tots or the Green Gym, you can contact Graeme on firstname.lastname@example.org or see Gwenn at the following drop-in sessions:
Wednesday at the Meet In Place on Laylands Road between 1pm – 3pm
Thursday at Eastbrook Manor Community Centre between 9.30am and 12 noon.