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* Notice from our CEO
* Call out for Lawn Mowing Team Volunteers and Gardening Leaders
* International Day of Older Persons
* National Safe Work Month
* Mental Health Month
* Butcher’s Broom
* My Patch
* Summer Newsletter

From Our CEO

Thank you to the 103 volunteers who have continued to work with us during August and September at the height of this pandemic.  The work you have provided has significantly assisted so many of our clients to stay in their homes safely. For the clients, they are pleased to have some contact even if it is waving through the door. Thank you. 👋🏼

I wish to send a special thank you to all our volunteer walkers for delivering the “we need you” volunteer campaign flyers. I am hoping that this invigorates the spirit of volunteering and more volunteers join our teams.  🏃🏻‍♀️📄🚶🏾📫🧍🏽‍♂️🚴🏽‍♂️📮✉️


Following the we need you campaign, please check out the section later in our newsletter calling for an expression of interest for a volunteer lawn mowing team. 🌱✂️

Hip Hip Hooray 👏🏼

On 15 September, it was a very proud and inspiring moment, when I attended the online 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards: Upper North Shore Ceremony with our Easy Care Gardening Coordinators. We were watching and celebrating our volunteer nominations, masked and socially distance from our Pymble office. 

I wish to congratulate all of our Easy Care Gardening volunteer nominees: 

• Adult Nominees: Fernando Ordonez and Suzanne Saunders 
• Young Nominee: Isabella Tipper 
• Volunteer Team Nominees: Easy Care Gardening Saturday Team, Peter Sadler’s Team, and the Optus yes4 good Team 
• Excellence in Volunteer Management: Hugh Hamlyn-Harris 


The Serious Side of Covid-19 🦠

Easy Care Gardening is a My Aged Care Provider and we are an essential service.  From 5 October 2021, Easy Care Gardening is required to report the COVID-19 vaccination rates of all our employees and volunteers who attend clients’ gardens to the Commonwealth government on a weekly basis. 

It is now a condition for all My Aged Care providers to be vaccinated. This means that we are needing proof of your COVID-19 vaccination record sent to Easy Care Gardening. If you have a medical exemption from being vaccinated Easy Care Gardening will still require proof. 

Since 30 June 2021 lockdown, if you have decided to stand down or have been stood down due to living in an LGA of concern, we are pleased to announce that if you are vaccinated and would like to return to gardening, we would be interested to hear from you.  Thank you to everyone who has provided their documentation to date. This has helped us tremendously.  

If you have any questions or you wish to return to volunteering, could you please contact our office on 9983 1644 or please email us at:  

Good News- new maximum numbers in gardens
From Monday 27 September, the maximum of 5 people per garden has been lifted.  There is no new upper limit.
As long as we are still socially distancing and wearing masks where ever safe and possible, we can have as many vaccinated people attending a garden.
This means we can welcome full teams back into the garden.
It is advised that if you are living in an LGA of concern, or if your LGA becomes locked down in the future, please contact Coralie Jensen before you return to ensure you have all the up to date NSW Government requirements in place. Please contact your Coordinator or if you wish to come back, or if you have any questions.
Those wishing to return should ensure they request a copy of their ECG letter from stating they are an authorised worker (if they do not already have a copy) 
PS: Only if you have not provided it, could you please provide your vaccination record upon returning to us and please email this

I am hoping that October brings us new freedoms. I am looking forward to the day I can meet with you in person.  Until then, wishing you, your family and friends the best of health and I hope you can re-unite with your friends and family in person soon.

Thank you everyone.

Leanne Babic, CEO 

We are Hiring at Easy Care Gardening    

ECG are recruiting for a garden leader to work 3 days per week for a 3 month contract with the possibility to extend the contract.  The Position Description can be found on the Join Our Team of our website or on Ethical Jobs. If you wish to apply please provide your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria and email this to

Applications close on Friday 9 October, 2021.

1st October is International Day of Older Persons

2021 Theme: Digital Equity for All Ages

The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Do you need help?  Telstra has a Tech Savvy Seniors program that helps you build the skills and confidence to use computers, tablets and smartphones. It includes face-to-face training; self-teach online videos; how-to guides and more.

The Australian Government also have a variety of courses through their “be connected network” that you can do to learn more about streaming services, video conferencing, cyber safety and more.



October is National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

Did you come to our online Weeds Workshop?  Perhaps you would like to look at the slides of this, or our Pruning Basics Workshop online?  You can visit our website here to catch up on our basic gardening series, or register for the next session on October.
Mental Health Month is a chance to promote activities and ideas that can have a positive impact on our daily lives and the lives of others. These events and messages are tied together with a specific theme, and this year’s is “Tune In”.
It means being aware of what is happening within you, and in the world around you. Being present by tuning in has been shown to help build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections.
Stay Grounded this Mental Health Month, and garden.

My Patch

From your garden to mine, by Daniele Di Paolo
One of the joys of gardening is to propagate plants from cuttings and existing plants and to give them to friends and families. Since I started volunteering with ECG a decade ago, my garden has also expanded to make room for many newcomers from our clients’ gardens – cuttings, little shrubs, plants in need of tender loving care and others, all generously offered by clients who share my love of gardening. These include beautiful orchids (I didn’t know what the flowers would look like nor their name, but was struck by their beauty when they opened up this winter! - see below), unusually coloured hippeastrums, and a staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) that was only a baby when I attached it to a tree in my front garden but has now grown into a beautiful adult. There is always room for one more in my garden!
Halloween Trick or Treats?

What’s a Butcher’s Broom Doing in the Garden?  Well might you ask, and what better time to discover its secrets than before Halloween on the 31st October.
By Daniele Di Paolo

Butcher’s broom - Ruscus aculeatus - (above right) is an evergreen small woody shrub from Europe and North Africa. Sometimes known as the insect plant, only one such plant was found in an ECG’s area 5 garden. This plant stood out amongst others as it has tiny flowers in the middle of its spiky ‘leaves’ (actually stems) that look like little bugs.
It is colloquially named butcher’s broom because in days gone by, the mature spiky branches were bundled and used as brooms by butchers to clean their chopping blocks.  
This plant has also been used over the centuries as traditional medicine, as far back as ancient Greece, due to its laxative or diuretic properties and, among others, its capacity to remove kidney stones when added to wine… (??) It is also associated with fairies and psychic powers, giving rise to such practices as infusing water with it before water scrying (a very old method of divination and vision seeking) and using it in a witches bag.
If there are male and female plants, showy red berries will form from the flowers. Butcher’s broom is reported to be very rare in nature as these plants have been excessively collected for Christmas decoration purposes. How versatile a plant is that? Sounds like everybody should have one in their garden, if you can put your hands on one!
Disclaimer: other than its original use, we do not accept any responsibility for the other claims made on its behalf.

Summer Newsletter

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