Gardens Help Communities Grow

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Gardens Help Communities Grow
Freesia Garden Residents (from left) Brad, Pam and Dave with scarecrows

For the residents of two housing complexes in Kingston, the establishment of raised garden beds has given them a fresh meeting place.

“Centacare Tasmania’s community housing sites in Freesia Gardens and Balmoral Road were recently provided with the specially manufactured garden beds,” said Centacare’s Lynne Lowry.

“It was determined that this project was a good way for new tenants to come together, especially the elderly – and the project certainly has achieved this result.”

At both sites, the residents enjoy planting and weeding their own patch – with several residents sharing each raised garden bed.

Lynne said the residents look after the gardens, growing their own preference of vegetables.

Brad, a resident at Freesia Gardens, agrees, saying residents, who are on fixed pensions, use the home-grown produce to cut down on household budgets.

At Balmoral Road, each unit block has its own garden and there seems to be a competitive air about who can grow the best veggies.

Margaret has been in this complex for around six months and loves the community garden.

“I have always had a garden, except when I’ve been travelling. But the garden gives us that community focus and I now feel like I’ve been here for ages.”

Lynne Lowry said Centacare Tasmania recognises that many people want to grow their own produce and cut down on their budgets through sharing the harvest.

“We will be reviewing our other sites across Tasmania and where possible we’ll look at establishing these gardens.”