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Southbank Sustainability Group

07 Nov 2018

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Can you grow a sunflower as tall as Eureka Tower?

After a successful couple of talks and a screening of the documentary Anthropocene to help adults be more sustainable, it’s the kiddies’ turn now!

On Saturday, November 10 we are hosting a fun, hands-on sunflower planting day at the Boyd Community Hub for inner-city children to interact with nature and learn how to grow plants sustainably at home.

Starting at 10.30am in the Assembly Hall, children will learn how to sow and grow plants, using used containers they can upcycle to pots. We also have a couple of fun activities planned to keep the little ones busy. Children will then take their sunflower home to care for and grow. The children that grow the tallest sunflowers within a couple of months will win some wonderful prizes!

We practice what we preach. Everything we do at our events, with the exception of the soil and seeds, uses repurposed or upcycled materials making us completely Zero Waste friendly! Children and their parents are asked to bring a used container from home and we’ll show them how to upcycle and repurpose it into a beautiful planter box.

In terms of containers to bring on the day, think empty soda or milk bottles, cans, yogurt containers, or any other container with about a half litre capacity or more.

Children’s Sunflower Planting Day:

When: Saturday, November 10. 10.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Boyd Community Hub (Assembly Hall)

Why: So that our inner-city children can have fun while they learn how to grow plans and understand their importance to the environment.

Age categories for prizes: three – six years old and seven to 11 years old. However, children of all ages are welcome!

A big thank you to the team at MICM for assisting our group by creating and printing the event poster, as well as with sourcing the prizes.

Our next meet-ups after the event will be November 17 and December 1, where we’ll focus on gardening and harvesting veggies. You are welcome to join and go home with some fresh, organic veggies.

About the group:

We are a community group of Southbank residents that work to bring positive change in sustainability practices and education to our neighborhood. We meet every fortnight on Saturdays at 10am at Boyd (first & third Saturdays of the month) where we talk sustainability issues and solutions, and then do gardening in the community garden.

For more details or to get involved with the group or garden: facebook.com/SouthbankSustainabilityGroup | southbanksustainability@gmail.com

Artemis Pattichi - Southbank Sustainability Group

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