ECG History

2009-awardOn 8 August, 1988 the three founders of Easy Care Gardening Inc., Anne Shires, Kathleen Ciemiega and Henry Llewellyn, started the organisation with a grant for just $1,500 from Ku-ring-gai Council.

They were all Horticultural Therapy Association volunteers and had seen that there was a need for a gardening service for the frail aged that enabled them to remain in their own home.

By February the next year they had 31 clients and just four volunteers. Clients were assessed and visited on a monthly, bi‑monthly and “ring when needed” basis and were asked to donate a small fee to assist with on-going costs.

In 1990 a grant from Home and Community Care assisted ECG to take over clients from the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Home Handyman service so that the service now covered Hornsby and Ku‑ring‑gai. By February 1991 ECG was granted incorporation with the status of a Charity. Further grants enabled one full time and one part-time member of staff to be employed. By 1998 there were 306 clients, 140 lawn-mowing clients and 150 volunteers.

In August 2002 a grant was provided to create a subsidised lawn mowing service by commercial contractors. Community Assist Lawn Mowing (CALM) operates in Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku‑ring‑gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby.

In 2003 another grant was provided by DADHC for ECG to expand into Ryde and Hunters Hill council areas, taking gardening clients to 500, 130 lawn-mowing clients and 350 lawn-mowing clients on the CALM program.