What was once a bowling green has been transformed into a busy community garden in the heart of St Marys.
Behind Fusion Western Sydney Youth and Community centre in Carsons Lane is a garden the size of a bowling green with vegetables ripe for picking.
The fruit of a community effort, the garden is being tended by people of all ages and abilities who learn what it means to work together as they garden side by side.
Karelle Life Enrichment Service is one of the groups making the most of the garden every week.
It provides life enrichment skills for adults with mild intellectual disability living,
TransGrid sponsored the Karelle garden project to buy good quality tools, shed and year’s supply of seeds and seedlings.
There is now an abundance corn, pumpkin, tomatoes and onions growing as a result.
“If we are really going to grow this garden to its full potential we need more people to join us on Fridays,’’ Karelle garden project coordinator Anna Watts said.
‘‘People with mild intellectual disability plus members of the local community with an interest in gardening are all welcome.”
Fusion Western Sydney chief executive Dave Hammond added:
“It is a privilege for Fusion to be able to work in partnerships like this which give every person in our community an opportunity to shine. This is Western Sydney at its best.”