Some may boast about getting bigger and better, but a Royal Oak community garden is celebrating being smaller and smarter.
The Horizon Garden at CCS Disability Action was given an overhaul as part of a major redevelopment at the site.
The focus is on accessible garden beds raised to heights to suit children, wheelchair users and the elderly.
“It’s good for anybody who has trouble bending,” says garden coordinator Scott Thiemann.
“And the beds stay warmer, so we’ll get better growth.”
And working in a reduced plot size means being smarter about space, Mr Thiemann says.
Part of the old garden has become the site for a new purpose-built home for the disability advocacy group.
The former building, a donated villa, is now rented by other community and healthfocused organisations.
The revamped garden will still be used to help people with disabilities learn about gardening.
But it’s also open to anyone who wants to volunteer, attend a gardening class or just buy organic vegetables.
The new CCS building, opened earlier this year, was designed to set the standard for accessibility.
Team leader Steve Matheson says their special requirements gave contractors something to think about.
The building features automatic doors inside the building, plenty of space for wheelchair users to manoeuvre and a hearing loop.
And Mr Matheson says the fresh new facility sends an important message to the community.
“We think supporting people with disability has high value, so we’re trying to reflect that in our surroundings.”
For details on master gardening classes, phone 6259378.
On the grow: An accessible garden is being cultivated at CCS Disability Action’s revamped Royal Oak site. From left: Scott Thiemann, Paul Warrington and team leader Steve Matheson.