The Botanic Gardens Community Greening team and Sydney Community Services (SCS) volunteer gardeners collaborate to develop community gardens for social housing residents in Hunters Hill.

Two wonderfully industrious days in June saw the two teams replace decrepit garden beds that produced fruit and vegies, herbs and flowers for Meyers Ave residents for many years. Meyers Ave gardeners now cultivate their crops in nine new, raised garden beds in Bluescope steel which were generously supplied by the Royal Botanic Gardens.   The efforts of SCS volunteers  massively improved the garden and this will give a similar boost to residents’ wellbeing.

The SCS gardening volunteers on the project, who range from 28 years to about 80 years-old are also involved in garden maintenance for the elderly residents in the lower North Shore area. Each experiences a sense of fulfilment and happiness when helping the less fortunate members of our community, and Meyers Ave residents were extremely appreciative of work which rejuvenated their garden.

Resident Saeideh Badel said, “when I put my hands on the soil I remember where I came from… it’s like a spiritual thing for me” as she plants her fresh vegetables, Persian basil, mint, beans, chives, parsley and coriander.

Marzieh Salebi, another Meyers Ave resident, is busy in the community garden fives time a week producing kale, lettuce, red radish, white radish, parsley, coriander and other vegetables that she uses in salads and cooking.  The garden produces most of the vegies used in her kitchen.

As well as clients’ appreciation, SCS volunteer gardeners enjoy working outdoors in fresh air, getting exercise, and the companionship of a friendly team.  Teams go out with a supervising horticulturist to clients’ gardens from Tuesday to Friday mornings. 

If you’re interested in volunteering with our gardening groups to support others, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator  on 9427 6425 or yhughes@sydneycs.org