A chicken run, compost bays and blinds for a shadier gazebo to host workshops were among the ideas proposed by Ashbil Community Garden Bridgetown for its $10,000 Community Gardens grant.
Twelve recipients from across Western Australia have received up to $10,000 per project as part of the Department of Communities' Community Gardens Grants Program. The total amount provided for the 2017/2018 intake was $99, 096.
Each successful project needed to support the establishment or development of accessible and inclusive community gardens in WA. Local community members and organisations also needed to be actively involved in the design, planning and implementation of the projects.
The aim of community gardens is to encourage people to participate in community life, connect with the environment and each other, develop and use new skills, and give back to their community.
In the Kimberley, the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health Ltd received $9,525 to create an orchard garden at the Bawoorrooga community garden. The orchard is an extension of Bawoorrooga's existing horticulture initiative and introduces an additional 150 fruit trees to supply produce to locals and surrounding communities.
Mission Australia's $6,721 grant has funded a new community garden at Wattle House in Maddington, a community centre for homeless people or those facing homelessness. The project aims to increase participants' independence and improve their knowledge of gardening, nutrition and healthy living.
Community gardens provide an opportunity for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to come together; developing a greater understanding between neighbours, parents and young people.
The Community Gardens Grants Program will open 13 August 2018 and close 4 October 2018. A number of other grants programs are currently open on the Department of Communities' website.
Pictured: Ashbil Community Garden Bridgetown members.