The veggies are plentiful and the fruit trees are thriving; the Springwood Community Garden is in full swing!
It has been a busy few months for dozens of green thumbs who regularly pull up their sleeves at the community garden, with workshops, weeding and scarecrow construction keeping the dedicated group of gardeners busy over spring.
The crew is reaping the rewards of an excellent crop of strawberries, which can now be shared at the table with more garden regulars following the addition of a new interactive wheelchair table setting.
Funded by Scenic World’s philanthropic program Scenic World Shared through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program, the project has been a long time in the making to make the garden more accessible to the broader community.
“Community gardens are a well established means of improving health and wellbeing and we hope to share the benefits with more people in our community by making it more accessible for people with disabilities,” Springwood Community Garden volunteer Rose Miners said.
Volunteers also have plans to use the funding to operate regular gardening days for community members from the local nursing home.
“We have had people from the nursing home come out to the garden and they loved it,” Ms Miners said. “It is hard to find safe places for people to enjoy nature and get outside the nursing home and it’s a pleasure to be able to accommodate people from all walks of life at the garden.”
Established in 2013 in the wake of the bushfires, the Springwood Community Garden has become part of the fabric of the Blue Mountains community, with over 80 members and 500 Facebook followers regularly engaging with the garden in some way.
The garden’s core group of volunteers also have big plans for the future as part of their ongoing efforts to engage locals in shared activities that help to strengthen community connections.
Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon applauded the efforts of volunteers who remain committed to supporting and engaging with the local community.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to support local projects such as the Springwood Community Garden which bring people together to make meaningful connections with likeminded people in their own backyard,” Ms Hammon said.
“We look forward to seeing the garden and the local community continue to blossom in the future.”
To become a member of the Springwood Community Garden and take part in working bees held every Saturday and Wednesday from 9.30am, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone can also keep an eye on the garden on Facebook.