Salvation Army Seeks Volunteers For Sensory Community Garden

Rotary Club of Salamander Bay members Jennifer Gray and Janelle Upton enjoying the opening of the Sensory Community Garden where they were just some of the Rotarians who have volunteered to make the garden come to life. Photo: Henk Tobbe.


THE Salvation Army at Anna Bay has opened its Sensory Community Garden to the public and are inviting people to come and enjoy the wonderful space and to consider volunteering.

The garden is a place that anyone can visit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and offers a tranquil place where people can sit and enjoy nature.

You can also dig in and volunteer in the garden, there’s plenty to do with three acres of land.

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Gail Leadbeatter told News Of The Area, “The garden is a community project and everyone is welcome.

“The garden is a place where people can come and relax, and relieve anxiety,” she said.

Some people visit the garden with carers, others sit in the gazebo and play board games.

People who are interested in volunteering at the garden are invited to come and take a look, the team are particularly looking for more gardeners for Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Salvation Army project has just received an additional grant from Port Stephens Council of $6,000 to put in pathways in the lower section of property allowing people to stroll in amongst trees and they also hope to install more seating areas where people can sit and immerse themselves in art projects.

“This is a garden for everybody, a safe space to come to and get some relief from anxiety or to just enjoy nature.”

Some volunteers are participating in the garden for as little as an hour others come and spend several hours.

“The Rotary Club of Salamander Bay have been a great help in getting the garden this far; they helped to get plans on paper and at working bees,” said Leadbeatter.

The Sensory Community Garden is located on Port Stephens Drive at Anna Bay and everyone is welcome to share in the space.



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