Grow Cook Eat Create celebrate new sensory garden

Giving back: Bunnings representative Dave Morgen, Mary Joy Frisina and Grow Cook Eat Create manager Debbie Woodward. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Giving back: Bunnings representative Dave Morgen, Mary Joy Frisina and Grow Cook Eat Create manager Debbie Woodward. Photo: Emily Sharp.

A Bunbury-based community organisation has benefited after being awarded a grant as part of the State Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program and Lotterywest funding.

Grow Cook Eat Create is an inclusive, not for profit, community kitchen style program and thanks to a grant, they were recently able to put in a new kitchen garden for their members to enjoy.

Manager Debbie Woodward said the funding had made it possible to have edible and sensory plants in their little garden.

"I'm so proud of what we have achieved here," she said.

"Bunnings have come out and given us a worm farm, set it all up, brought out the plants, helped our participants to plant them and donated the whole garden basically.

"For us it's a perfect extension of what we do, participants can come and smell, taste and touch the garden, even if they have mobility or communication issues you don't need any of that to be able to access the garden."

Based at the Leschenault Leisure Centre in Australind, Grow Cook Eat Create is a unique and highly person-centred program for people of all abilities.

More than a communal cooking activity, through inclusive, participatory and person-centred programming, participants have the opportunity to develop life skills including cooking, housekeeping, growing and maintaining a sensory and edible garden.

Ms Woodward said she also wanted to thank the Shire of Harvey and Dardanup, Spudshed, Retravision and the Eaton Boomers for their ongoing support.