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community gardens

Community gardens build stronger communities

Not everyone has the space to have a garden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of one. Community gardens are popping up all over Perth. It’s a great way to experience the joy of gardening and meeting other members of your local community.

Whatever your skills, gardening is good for the soul and community gardens can bring together people from difference cultures and generations. You‘ll get to meet people you may not otherwise have met because it attracts people from all walks of life regardless of background.

More than just gardens

A community garden is more than just a place to grow food and flowers. It’s safe environment where you gain more than just physical activity and horticultural skills. It has a long list of benefits for all ages including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Development of healthy eating habits
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Creating vibrant and inclusive communities

Benefits for children

Children in particular can benefit from taking part in community gardening. Including them in maintaining a shared space encourages:

  • a sense of ownership and understanding of the world around them
  • respect for the environment
  • reducing waste by composting, mulching and worm farming
  • decision making and problem solving
  • communication and social skills
  • respect for their community and those who live there.

Community gardens come in all shapes and sizes – and you don’t have to have a green thumb to join!