Garden to bring people together
What is known as a place for people to connect and share is becoming even more of a community hub.
A new community garden has been set up at the Invercargill Plunket rooms to help families connect and learn from each other.
‘‘Community champion’’ and mum Cathy Jordan said she set up the garden as a place for families to connect with each other and to educate people on a more healthy lifestyle.
‘‘The idea is to create a relaxed space for people to come, learn some new things, and connect with each other,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s about providing a fun and welcoming environment for parents and children to get involved in the community.’’
Jordan, who has worked on other community gardens throughout the country, said it was especially important for new families in the region to feel welcomed into a community.
‘‘The idea was driven by families, with the support from familes.’’
Plunket helped families with children from newborn to five years predominantly, but anyone was welcome to join in looking after the garden.
So far, the garden has radishes, kale, silverbeet, broccoli and lettuce.
‘‘It’s about taking that holistic approach and helping our community thrive,’’ Jordan said.
‘‘It’s a good way of sharing knowledge ... but it’s really just a focus on fun.’’
The project, which has taken about two months to get off the ground, has been supported by several partners, including Healthy Families Invercargill and Plunket, and sponsors WellSouth, Jennian Homes, Elles Road New World, Diacks, Speedy Signs and Anneke Kawau.
Plunket community support coordinator Judy Cook said she was immediately on board with Jordan’s vision for the garden.
‘‘I think it’s the start of something happening at Plunket centres around New Zealand ... it’s just going to evolve.’’
Healthy Families Invercargill manager Jared Cappie said: ‘‘It’s a fantastic initiative that has been driven by a community champion, and that is very empowering for our city.’’
There will be community sessions at the garden on Thursdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. About 20 people attended the first session last week.
Matilda Cappie, 2, at the new community garden set up at the Invercargill Plunket rooms.