Green thumbs at Cooper Park Community Garden
We are very excited about our new partnership with Cooper Park Community Garden (CPCG), which is fortuitously located a stone’s throw from our Bellevue Hill site.
This new garden was approved last year by Woollahra Council and the small team of CPCG committee members have been working tirelessly on this community initiative.
Ruth Osen, one of the committee members said “Thank you … you’re doing such great work. It’ll be a privilege to be associated with you and your team!”
Last December, we held a lovely picnic in the parkland outside the community hall to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. Ruth and Virginia from CPCG presented us with the inaugural garden plot for the whole garden and also donated seedlings to begin our first harvest. Nicole was very excited to plant some herbs!
Despite the heat, our small veggie patch managed to survive over the summer break. We have recently harvested our first capsicums and basil which were then used in the cooking program for our baked veggie lunch and scrumptious salads!
This weekly activity is a wonderful, not only because it gives our clients a chance to develop their gardening skills (watering, mulching, raking, weeding etc), but also because it encourages them to be outdoors, socialise and take responsibility for both their own garden bed and the communal bed.
Last Saturday, 10th March 2018, was the official Neighbour Day and Garden launch which was attended by many locals and members of the Inala community.
Emma Daniel, President of the Rose Bay Community Garden, (our longstanding community partner) commented that the community garden helps us to “be in tune with nature, be at peace, productive, healthy and exercise”.
Thank you to Cooper Park Community Garden for including us in this wonderful new community project. Check them out at www.facebook.com/cooperparkcommunitygarden/