Green Living nurturing inclusion with sensory garden

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Gold Coast Green Living are focused on creating vibrant, accessible public gardens for the whole community. Their latest endeavour, called ‘Ediblescapes’, incorporates herbs, spiral gardens, and large, braille signage. Project Coordinator Jorge Cantellano says that the landscape is the perfect hub for encouraging inclusion and diversity.

“The intention of Ediblescapes is to develop community, cultural, and educational programs that add social value,” says Jorge.

“The garden will provide a space for people with disability to interact in a relaxed, outdoor environment tailored for their enjoyment and wellbeing.”

The interactive garden will provide a healthy and active environment that encourages socialisation with friends and family. Jorge is also hopeful the garden’s gentle sensory journey will help people with dementia rediscover how to explore and connect with the world around them.

“Through the introduction of reminiscent elements and activities, people with dementia will be encouraged to engage with the world around them, which can help improve wellbeing and increase self-esteem,” explains Jorge.

“The gardens will help promote discussions about inclusion and diversity. We aim to close these gaps and offer more opportunities for understanding.”

Jorge says that projects like Ediblescapes are vital to improving public access and participation of all in the community.

“Those without disability often lack understanding of the daily difficulties and challenges faced by people with disability,” says Jorge.

“Free access to the outdoors is an important part of sustaining a community. It improves physical and mental health and provides a place that promotes understanding and inter-generational relationships.”

Gold Coast Green Living are inviting community members to participate in the construction and maintenance of raised bamboo garden beds that will be showcased at the Botanical Bazaar Garden Festival.

Check out the Gold Coast Green Living Facebook page for more information on the program, and the EPIC Assist website to apply for a community grant today.

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