Gardening is a fast-growing trend amongst primary schools all over Western Australia. As early as 2013, The Sunday Times reported, 40 per cent of the schools within the state have incorporated gardening into their curricula. Professor Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University reports that tending to garden beds in Perth broadens children’s horizons, makes them less fussy, and teaches them lifelong skills as well.
This uptick in interest in gardening was driven by a multitude of factors, most notably obesity. A 2014 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare stated that 25 per cent of children under 10 in Western Australia are overweight or obese. Experts warn that without prompt intervention, their unhealthy lifestyle will most likely follow them into adulthood.