The Merriwa Community Hub was a hive of activity when it hosted a free event to create a stunning new community garden.
Thanks to a $14,900 grant from SUEZ, the garden will be open daily and will become a place where people can meet in a safe and stimulating environment.
Keen green thumbs will be able to create a sensory garden, sow crops, tend plants and learn about sustainable gardening practices, recycling and waste management.
“We hope that this new community garden will strengthen community ties and serve as a meeting place for local residents of all ages and from all walks of life” said MercyCare’s Interim Chief Executive Officer David Holden.
“Research shows that urban agriculture can be a great benefit, not only to the environment, but the health and wellbeing of those involved as well as providing access to fresh, nutritious foods.
“Tending a garden and reaping the rewards of growing your own herbs and vegetables is also something that brings many people in our community a lot of joy.
“It nurtures a sense of responsibility and ownership that can greatly improve wellbeing. The garden will also offer a functional space for intergenerational activities, community art projects and offer knowledge about traditional Aboriginal healing.”
The garden was made possible thanks to support from Bunnings Warehouse, Mindarie, and local herb seller Michael Tedesco.