Children from the preschool watch Kevin Trustum set up a worm farm outside their cubby house.
Children from the preschool watch Kevin Trustum set up a worm farm outside their cubby house. Cathy Adams

Kids' cubby goes green

IT WAS a case of green thumbs and green principles at the launch last week of the region's first ecological cubby house.

The launch at East Lismore Preschool was attended by a large number of youngsters – whose interest in all things environmental lasted as long as the dirt needed to be shovelled into the raised vegie garden.

Precisely what the merits were of the water tank newly attached to the old cubby house, or the solar panel to go on the roof, or the water gauge and thermometer, seemed to elude the kids as they dug enthusiastically in the fresh soil.

But the point of the exercise, and the cultivation of vegetables, is to get the children familiar with the virtues of sustainable living, according to room leader Janelle Murphy.

“It demonstrates the elements of sustainable living in a basic way,” Ms Murphy said.

The children understood the importance of what they were being shown, she said.

The “Cool Cubby” is the product of a joint venture between Bunnings Warehouse, Rous Water, Richmond Landcare and several other local community groups.

The Lismore cubby is the first of seven in the Cool Cubbies Project designed and planned by the Evans River K-12 School Green Team. Evans River is having a new cubby built from scratch.



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