Whether it’s a farm, a suburban veggie patch or an apartment balcony herb garden, Yates Gardening 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 series of photos, allowing them to showcase the unique aspects of their local environment.
The challenge is a fantastic opportunity for young people to explore their backyards, learn how plants grow, and share what they have learnt with other kids and the wider community.
Judy Horton from Yates Gardening 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.
Landcare Ambassadors Jack Thompson and Catriona Rowntree are coming on board as judges for the challenge, and their film and television careers will bring a great deal of experience to the judging process.
There will also be cameras and video cameras up for grabs from Canon Australia, and Yates and Junior Landcare prize packs.
They expect to see a range of themes, which could include: a thriving herb garden that is used in the family’s cooking; a community garden where neighbours grow and share their produce; a garden that has been hit by floods and in the process of rehabilitation; a prized bed of roses that requires lots of maintenance and care; or the challenges posed by snails and bugs that live in the veggie patch.
The challenge is open to all kids living in Australia, aged 8 to 16 years.
Those eligible can enter as individuals, or as part of a family, school group or any other community group that involves young people, including Scouts and Girl Guides.
The Yates Junior Landcare Backyard Challenge will launch on Monday 10th September 2012, with entries to be submitted by Friday 16th November 2012. Winners will be announced in the first week of December.
Further information is available at: www.juniorlandcarechallenge.com.au