Community empowerment shines at Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre
, with the volunteers of the Beenleigh Community Garden
working tirelessly to create a beautiful oasis in the heart of Beenleigh. What was first an empty plot of green space is now slowly becoming a haven for growth and renewal. Over the past three months, volunteers have revitalised the narrow plot by building garden beds, workstations, retaining walls, as well as erecting a shed, laying weed-matting, sleepers, an agriculture pipe, and conditioning the soil to be ready for planting.
There’s something calming about getting our hands dirty – literally – and just being around nature. It’s a way for us to take a break from the world and take some time to simply be. Studies have shown gardening improves our physical and emotional status when we feel we have diminished control over their own lives. Within the Beenleigh Community Garden
volunteers become responsible for the growth of our garden, and by continuing our work to enhance our urban environment, we show the possibility of all things, big or small, and perhaps foster hope and happiness for those who need it the most.
We have also started arrangements to have the Beenleigh Scouts Group
involved in the garden as a way to earn badges through community work. Since 1942, the group has had a continuous and flourishing relationship with the Beenleigh community, and we are excited to build our own relationship with them as a way to both utilise the skills of the scouts in the garden and to give them rewarding experiences to contribute towards their community badges. Connecting with nature is an essential aspect that contributes towards a child's social, physical, spiritual, and emotional development, and we hope to encourage a life-long love of gardening and connecting with the world around them.
We plan to utilise all areas of our little green space by growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and installing seats, statues, and maybe even a bird bath, and we can't wait to share it with the community. While the past year has been incredibly stressful for many people, we have been working away like busy bees to bring the community a sense of calm and a peaceful little garden in the heart of Beenleigh. We hope to see you all there soon! If you'd like to join us, please visit the Beenleigh Community Garden webpage
and become a member today!
- Claire Fitzpatrick (Beenleigh Community Garden Steering Committee)