COMMUNITY GROWTH: Louise Robinson and Kieran Jarrett, from Traditionally Grounded Cafe Nambucca, are keen to take on the bush tucker area of the community garden. The cafe is an initiative run by a local Aboriginal group to provide jobs for the long-term unemployed.
COMMUNITY GROWTH: Louise Robinson and Kieran Jarrett, from Traditionally Grounded Cafe Nambucca, are keen to take on the bush tucker area of the community garden. The cafe is an initiative run by a local Aboriginal group to provide jobs for the long-term unemployed.

Community blossoms in the garden

AGED care residents and schoolchildren have discovered common ground at the Uniting community garden in Nambucca.

Last week, community members had fun chatting and working together digging and planting.

“We are so surprised by the garden; it’s a great space for our community to come together,” Louise Robinson, from Nambucca business, Traditionally Grounded Café said.

“We can’t wait to get in and start planting our bush tucker in the garden and helping others.”

The garden caters for everyone; it is wheelchair friendly, and older members with limited mobility are given raised garden beds.

Earlier this year, the garden project won a prestigious aged care industry award.

Uniting community development manager Romayne Page said the garden is an important addition to the community.

“We want to connect older people to their community through gardening,” Ms Page said.

“It’s a way for them to share their knowledge and enjoy physical and social activity.

“We also have close links with schools, so we can nurture intergenerational friendships which benefit everyone.”

All leftover produce from the garden goes into the pots at the local soup kitchen.

“It’s like an old-fashioned backyard,” Ms Page said.

“It’s not a huge space, but it is a productive and welcoming, and Uniting is grateful for support received.”

The garden, on the corner of Lee and Ridge Sts, Nambucca, is free to join “although donations are encouraged”, and open to everyone.

Get involved; drop in Tuesdays 10am-1pm, speak to volunteer co-ordinator Vera or contact Romayne Page 65828241.



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