Ward 3 Hamilton
The proposed Hamilton Ward 3 Children’s Garden is a community initiative born out of a passion for gardening and the need for more safe, natural, local outdoor play and leisure activity spaces for kids.
What is the Children’s Garden?
The Children’s Garden is a natural play garden inspired by, designed and created with and for local children. It is built, planted, maintained and harvested by children, their families, other community members and fellow gardeners.
The Children’s Garden is an imaginative, child-led outdoor experience where kids can play freely, garden and grow, connect with nature and learn about the natural world. It is a safe place where children become “gardeners in training”, so that they may grow up to be knowledgeable and capable stewards of the land.
It is free to access, and children can come and go as they please while maintaining a safe distance from others.
Why is the Children’s Garden important?
For all our children, this pandemic has been a very difficult time with no school, no day care, children are at home, worried about themselves, their families, loved ones and friends getting sick from COVID-19. For them it has meant more screen time, higher stress levels at home, and increased isolation from friends and loved ones.
A natural space geared towards their needs, like the Children’s Garden, would be incredibly beneficial to them and their families. It has been proven – gardening reduces both the level and effects of stress. A Children’s Garden can be a huge stress reliever for children. Spending time in nature, amongst flowers and trees has been proven to make both children and the elderly feel happier. Gardening teaches children how to relax, calm down and control emotions…. very valuable attributes in our current climate.You can get involved today by becoming a Volunteer. Sign up and you will be joining a group of change-makers, a network strong enough to impact positive change in the lives of children.
Development and learning
Working together in a Children’s Garden with our children helps instill togetherness and a common purpose. As a community we can build bonds with children and create memories from their experiences in the garden. While children are learning a lifelong love of growing things, we can create community among our children.
What are the skills children learn from gardening and nature?
• Reliability and Responsibility: taking care of a plant day after day, and others relying on you
• Self-confidence + Autonomy: nothing is more rewarding than the fruits of our own labour
• Cause & Effect: the consequences of caring or neglecting plants
• Gardening Basics: species identification and growing fundamentals – soil, sun and water
• Physical Activity: bending, squatting, stretching, lifting & carrying
• Exploring Texture: density, malleability and more
• Growing the Love of Nature: developing curiosity of and commitment to the environment
• Teamwork: with friends, family and neighbours
• Math Skills: counting days, measuring volumes, keeping records
• Creativity: crafting their own landscape designs, painting bird houses or murals, or building small structures
• Elementary Science: learning about season cycles, plant growth cycle, the relationships between plants and insects