Students plant sensory garden for preschoolers

SENSORY: Toby Modra, Nellie Blacker, Jimmy Crettenden and Will Blacker point out the strawberry plants in the garden.
SENSORY: Toby Modra, Nellie Blacker, Jimmy Crettenden and Will Blacker point out the strawberry plants in the garden.

Year 10 students at Cummins Area School have created a new sensory garden for the children at the preschool.

Toby Modra and Will Blacker combined their efforts for their Community Studies project to come up with the idea.

Will said lots of students doing the subject often created new seats and benches but this was something different.

The pair said a new child starting at the preschool was blind, so the sensory garden would help her as well as the other children.

"Toby was more of the research sort of person...we had to pick something that smells nice, feels soft, not like a cactus, and something that looks pretty for the other kids," Will said.

The two spent five or six weeks removing the old and overgrown plants, which they said were "massive and spiky".

In their place they planted strawberries, parsley, geraniums, lambs ears, lavender, marigolds and agapanthas.

The students appealed to the public to find plants and thanked Liz Mickan and Kathy Modra for their donations.

Coordinator of the preschool and rural care Sarah Wohling said the boys had done a great job on the garden.

"They worked so hard in getting the great big bushes out," she said.

"The kids loved seeing what was new everyday.

"It will be an asset for years to come."

She said the garden was for everybody at the preschool and school to experience, incorporating hearing along with sight, smell, taste and touch and it would also attract birds.