In 1999 the Trust joined with Housing New South Wales to establish a partnership called ‘Community Greening’. ‘Community Greening’ is a range of activities to promote communal garden projects.
Community Greening is currently undertaking a study with Western Sydney University across five new garden sites in NSW. This is the first time such data on the Community Greening program has been collected in this way, and has the potential to advance our understanding about the impact of community gardening on health, wellbeing and sense of community. This will help inform future directions for the program.
Set up a Community Garden
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Making Gardening Accessible
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Youth Community Greening
Youth Community Greening (YCG) is an environmental education program targeting disadvantaged urban and regional youth (2 - 25 years). YCG is a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Eden Gardens & Garden Centres (Eden Gardens). The Trust delivers the program while Eden Gardens provides financial support, input into strategic development, and in-kind support of plants and products. The program inspires the appreciation and conservation of plants and the environment. Educators help youth and teachers connect with the natural environment and experience the joys of being outdoors and gardening.
YCG assists disadvantaged preschools, schools, migrant youth groups, Youth off the Streets, Juvenile Detention Centres, and other similar targeted groups of young people through helping create productive school and community gardens and green landscapes. The program also delivers syllabus-linked environmental classroom and outdoor activities at schools and centres across NSW.
- Building self-esteem and resilience in vulnerable youth
- Create opportunities for young people to connect with nature
- Increase youth ownership of public places
- Educate young people about healthy lifestyle choices
- Provide and develop gardening skills and enhance employment opportunities
- Green the urban environment and promote sustainable lifestyles
- Promote sustainability through garden programs in schools and youth centres
- Provide training opportunities for staff involved with disadvantaged youth
- Children (0-14 year olds) and young people (15-24 year olds) face many challenges for the future, including finding their identity in an uncertain and changing world. They experience peer group pressure and have to deal with social, employment and financial issues.
Young people are readily influenced by their environment and their personal development is shaped by their experiences with family, friends, school and community. They are also affected by their surroundings - the built and natural environment. Many young people today are growing up with few opportunities to connect with nature.
Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime. The Youth Community Program gives young people the opportunity to experience this natural affinity which is too often lacking in this day.