GARDEN GETS NEW LOOK FOR SPRING
MISSION Australia Housing’s social housing in Bidwill has received a spring clean.
About 20 volunteers – staff, residents, Blacktown Council, Royal Botanic Garden, Lend Lease and Roam – united to bring the garden makeover to fruition.
Improvements included three new vegetable gardens and a flowering box, a pebble footpath, new bench, resoiling, weeding, mulching and new plants.
The Royal Botanic Garden Community Greening program will provide ongoing support, with seedlings and plants and workshops.
Mission Australia Housing community engagement officer Stella Jean-Louis said the garden makeover was an important addition to the facilities.
“The Mission Australia Housing complex in Bidwill has more than 60 people over the age of 55 living here. It’s an important project as regular access to nature increases health and wellbeing and fosters community cohesion,” Ms Jean-Louis said.
Travis Parker, Stella Jean-Louis and Nathan Cordine work on the Bidwill garden makeover. Picture: Phil Rogers