RESIDENTS of Kyle Court in Joondalup are celebrating the completion of their community garden.
The Kyle Court Public Housing Authority complex includes 32 units for over-55s from low income and of various backgrounds.
The community garden project was led by the North Metropolitan Public Health Unit (NMPHU) and built in partnership with Housing WA, North Metropolitan Tafe and Bunnings thanks to a Healthway grant.
NMPHU health promotion acting manager Vilma Palacios said gardening was a healthy, inexpensive activity suitable for all ages and abilities, and had the potential to prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life.
“The garden offers a scope of benefits for residents, encouraging consumption of healthy fresh foods, increased physical activity and social interactions,” she said.
Resident Gail Howell said the garden had many benefits.
“I moved in four months ago and the garden has helped me get to know other residents,” she said.
“It has really created a community spirit for the complex.
“I’m also exercising by working in the garden.”
Alongside the construction of the new garden beds, Foodbank provided education sessions on how to grow and maintain fresh produce and incorporate the produce into healthy meals.
Residents also received a crash course in keeping physically active with tai chi and other gentle physical activities.