GAR­DEN GETS NEW LOOK FOR SPRING

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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

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