Back to basics for budding gardeners

COLOURFUL flower pots are placed carefully around a table while four budding gardeners learn the green thumb basics.

It could be the scene from any Bunnings Do-It-Yourself (DIY) workshop but early this week it was Caringa Enterprises' clients discovering how to care for plants as part of a new fortnightly course to teach DIY skills.

Caringa Enterprises is a not-for-profit disability service provider in Grafton, which provides living skills programs, transition to work programs and other services for their disabled clients.

Grafton's Cassandra O'Brien said she was looking forward to the next session.

“I had fun today. It's good to learn this sort of stuff,” she said.

Bunnings Warehouse community involvement activities organiser Roslyn Goodwin ran Monday's workshop and said the sessions taught the group about sustainability, as well as helping them to learn DIY skills to contribute to the community.

“They're learning really practical skills,” she said.

Caringa support worker Chantal Wilson said clients would go on to construct possum boxes, which would be donated to local environment group WIRES.

Although only 13 Caringa clients attended the session this week, Ms Wilson said she expected more to come along in following weeks after hearing positive feedback from the participants in Monday's workshop.

“Everyone's really enjoying it,” she said. “They'll probably be inundated next fortnight.”

The sessions aim to teach Caringa clients DIY skills in a positive environment



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