CHILDREN and staff at the local Goodna Community Child Care Centre are celebrating the completion of their long-awaited garden.
Assistant director Paula Addison was the driving force behind the new garden.
"I've been trying for roughly two years to get a grant from companies but was having no luck," Ms Addison said.
"We were then approached by Cummins who provided the materials for the project as well as the labour and some seedlings for the children to plant."
Community involvement team leader for the Cummins Carole Park branch Alan Routledge said he and the Cummins' employees were happy to help the not-for-profit centre.
"This was our first proper project with the employees giving up their time," he said.
"Everyone involved really enjoyed it.
"We didn't just see it as giving; we also learnt new skills."
The new garden, which has four vegetable patches growing produce such as lettuce and herbs, is a big improvement on the prickle-ridden grass and the small garden in a tractor tyre that the children used to have.
"There's a garden bed for the children to do their own planting and the fresh produce has been used in the cooking," Ms Addison said. "The garden is for the children to benefit from."
Cr Paul Tully donated $500 to the garden which also has new concrete footpaths and flower beds thanks to the hard work by Cummins employees and parents.
"The children are over the moon; they really love it," Ms Addison said.