You can now claim your own patch of green space in the Cornerstone Community Garden.

An exciting addition to our community, the Cornerstone Community Garden is now open and the first lot of spring crops is beginning to flourish. The garden officially opened in July, with Peter Russo, MP State Member for Sunnybank, dropping by to put on a sausage sizzle for our keen gardeners.

“This community garden is a great way for neighbours to meet each other and foster a sense of community pride, while also giving people the chance to grow their own produce,” he said. “I hope there are plenty of green thumbs within the group and look forward to see the garden grow.”

Since the opening, residents have been getting out in to the garden and meeting one another, creating friendships and a blossoming sense of community.

The benefits of gardening
As well as giving you an opportunity to grow your own organic fruit and vegetables, gardening is also good for your wellbeing. It gives you a chance to exercise among nature and has also been linked with improved mental wellbeing.

In a time when we are constantly engaged by technology, gardening is a beneficial outlet for your mind.

One recent study from the University of Michigan found that after an hour in the garden or interacting with nature, the memory performance and attention span of participants increased by 20 percent.

If you have kids, gardening teaches them about nature and where their food comes from. Growing food can be a good boost for a child’s sense of self-confidence and is a great way to get them to spend more time outside.

Joining the Cornerstone Community Garden
The community garden consists of 45 plots that are available for yearly rental. There are still some spaces available for rent and you can reserve yours by calling Janet at the Sales and Community Centre on (07) 3345 7127.

Have you been getting out and about in the garden? We’d love to see your photos – simply share them on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us.

Happy Gardening!