Whether it’s a farm, a suburban veggie patch or an apartment balcony herb garden, Yates and Junior Landcare are asking kids around Australia, “How does your backyard grow?”
The 2012 Yates Junior Landcare Backyard Challenge is getting kids to answer this question with a short film or a photo, allowing them to showcase the unique aspects of their local environment. Entries have already started pouring in and we are seeing how diverse the backyards of Australia are through the eyes of young people.
Although the thought of handing over your camera or video camera to your kids might be a little scary, you might be surprised with what they come up with! Junior Landcare is constantly surprised and impressed with the creativity and imagination of kids who are learning about the natural environment around them.
This challenge is a fantastic opportunity for kids to explore their backyards, learn how plants grow, and appreciate their role in caring for the land and environmental sustainability. It’s also a great way to share what they have learnt with other kids and the wider community.
Judy Horton, Yates Communications Manager and prominent gardening expert, believes the challenge will be a great chance for kids to discover the amazing natural wonders in their own backyards.
“No matter where you are in Australia, from the tropics to the outback and everything in between, young people only need to look to their own backyards to learn about nature and see how plants grow. Getting involved in a project like this will give kids a genuine appreciation for the natural environment around them,” she said.
The Yates Junior Landcare Backyard Challenge is now open, and will close on Friday 16th November. Photo and video entries can be submitted by kids aged 8 – 16 years. For further information and to submit your entry, please visit: www.juniorlandcarechallenge.com.au