Peninsula Villages has teamed up with Umina Men’s Shed and Umina Bunnings to construct easily accessible garden beds for its less able and wheelchair-bound residents.
A ceremony was recently held that celebrated the completion of the garden beds at Peninsula Villages’ Jack Aldous House and Don Leggett House, two of the ageing in place facilities for residents with low and high care needs.
The new community gardens were built by the Umina Men’s Shed with materials provided by Umina Bunnings and are accessible to all residents, regardless of their level of mobility.
The purpose built vegetable and herb gardens feature soil trays raised to waist height, negating the need for less able residents to bend down and allowing wheelchair bound residents to get involved in gardening.
Chief Executive Officer Shane Neaves said that the new gardens will encourage less mobile residents to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months, inspiring teamwork and a sense of responsibility.
“It’s wonderful to see our residents getting their hands dirty and enjoying the sunshine as they work together on this community garden project,” said Mr Neaves.
“This initiative allows our residents to reclaim a hobby they once loved and have not been able to experience since becoming less mobile.
“Gardening therapy has wonderful benefits for participants. Our gardeners can delight in new friendships, a sense of accomplishment, and of course, reap the rewards of fresh herbs and veggies.
“We would like to thank the volunteers from the Umina Men’s Shed and Umina Bunnings who donated the materials for this project,” he added.
The team also built a veggie garden for the organisation’s independent living facility, Cooinda Village at Umina Beach.