Bush tucker on the menu at Chigwell Community Garden

15 September 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Bush tucker on the menu at Chigwell Community Garden|

Chigwell Community Garden has unveiled its new Bush Tucker Garden, built to cultivate native bush foods while fostering community connections and education.

The Bush Tucker Garden serves as a platform to strengthen community inclusion by providing an area for locals to connect with Country and learn about the rich history of indigenous knowledge and culture.

Bucaan Community House, which operates the Chigwell Community Garden, partnered with the Chigwell Child and Family Centre and the Education Department’s Aboriginal Education Unit to develop the new Garden.

Community Garden project officer and Bucaan Community House representative Mia Donnet-Jones said the Garden showcases an array of edible and medicinal native plants and features a space for storytelling, sharing and learning.

“We are thrilled to unveil the new Bush Tucker Garden as a significant addition to our garden space and offering to the community,” she said.

“We hope this space sees many joyful and enriching experiences shared by community in the years to come.”

Erica Cashinella from the Child and Family Learning Centre said the new garden provided a unique learning experience for children of all ages.

“Spaces like this provide wonderful learning opportunities for children to grow a deeper understanding of culture and natural environments,” she said.

“The garden runs a playgroup for the younger ones, and it’s wonderful to have new developments like the Bush Tucker Garden for them to engage in.”

Nerissa Barossa from Aboriginal Education Services assisted in the development of the garden, helping with planting and passing on her knowledge to the next generation.

“I always jump at an opportunity to embed First Nations learning and culture and this is a wonderful space to pass on these messages,” Ms Barossa said.

“Aboriginal culture and history is traditionally taught through verbal practices and this garden provides a tangible aspect to these lessons.”

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