Merrylands garden grows a sense of community pride

A second community garden designed to inspire people to be active and connect with each other has been funded for Merrylands.

The public garden is part of a project developed to promote active lifestyles in communities such as Merrylands where there is a prevalence of obesity, heart diseases and diabetes.

It has been funded by a partnership between Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and Holroyd Council.

"Community gardens have been established to bring people together from various walks of life, encouraging dialogue and endorsing the benefits of being outdoors," mayor Ross Grove said.

"We have seen success in the shared experience associated with planting over a small patch of land in Holroyd's popular Wentworthville Community Garden.

"These projects become a powerful tool in building community pride, and the interest in Merrylands — particularly with our Healthy Holroyd (program) participants — indicates residents are getting better at making choices when it comes to taking care of their physical health."

Project co-ordinator Rahat Chowdhury said community gardens were also a good way to engage refugee families.

"Their involvement in the Merrylands Community Garden will lead to more comfortable and positive feelings within a new society," he said.

The garden will feature raised timber planting beds, a storage shed, plumbing and composting bins.

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