A Spot To Sit And Enjoy

September 4, 2015

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We wanted to share some information from our Adult Services site out here in ‘The Dale’.

Guys from our two sites here in Lilydale have been working on the area at the front of their adjoining premises, including the garden. The shop fronts are looking noticeably nicer now that the surrounding rails have had a fresh coat of paint and some plants that blocked a lot of natural light have been cleared away.

This project was initiated by staff member Carolyn Martens and a group of Lilydale Futures participants who were supported to plan the garden layout, source the materials and then do the planting. The project was enthusiastically carried on by them. Staffer Jordan Kennedy and the guys from Network 24+ joined in to help with some garden maintenance, painting and spreading of mulch.

The Enterprises site crew from FTG  have played a part in this project too, pulling out an unwanted tree and providing us with some mulch, and two beautiful bench seats that they have produced themselves. So thank you to them!

The space has now become functional with a spot to sit, relax and take in our surrounds.

All plants have been donated by people within the community and it’s become a real talking point, with passes by now stopping to smell plants, chat and enquire about the benches. It’s been really lovely to see and all involved should be super proud of their efforts.

I has been really rewarding to see the pride that the participants are taking in the garden – happily chatting to passes by about it, (and really noticing every scrap of rubbish or cigarette butt that may end up in ‘our garden’) – we have also had more people than ever stopping to ask us what we do, and to say “Oh we never noticed you there before!”.

We now have a lovely place to sit and a beautiful new outlook to enjoy  – so a big thank you and well done to all of those involved.

by Luke Adams and Michaela Alcorn
Adult Services

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