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gardening for greatness H sport, leisure and travel orticulture or Garden Therapy is providing unique benefits for people with a disability. It involves any sort of garden or plant based activity that promotes wellbeing, and can have a major impact on those living with a disability. February introduced the therapy a disability, felt included in their to a range of new participants and community. professionals. “The project will deliver multiple “Our introduction course in and flexible opportunities for people February was a great success,” with disabilities to be included in the Tara said. “Participants came from life of their community in ways that many professional fields including are meaningful to them,” Rosy said. diversional therapy, early childhood education, community support with disabilities deserve every groups, nature play, community opportunity to participate in and Therapy South Australia, Tara gardens, aged care, senior support benefit from the same community Graham-Cochrane, said the programs local councils, disability support activities as everyone else, and we she has been a part of have had huge services and landscape architecture.” look forward to seeing how, with the impacts on the lives of people with a right access and support, lives and disability. state to boast these programs, with communities are enriched.” The secretary of Horticulture South Australia is not the only “We strongly believe that those similar courses also run in New South people with nature and it is an Wales and Victoria. Horticulture Conference will be held evidence based tool for supporting in Adelaide, providing an opportunity and enhancing our health and Care, a not for profit aged care for state-based organisations to wellbeing,” Tara said. organisation, have recently share resources and learn from announced the roll out of a each other. The Back to Green 2017 aged care, education, mental health, horticulture project for people living conference will present therapeutic community garden and disability with an intellectual disability. developments of nature and green sectors. The therapy can be used in wide range of applications and for a Rosy Walia said that the project was wide range of special needs groups.” about ensuring that people with org/htsa. culturally and linguistically diverse “Horticultural Therapy connects “It has a big following from the A South Australian Introduction to Horticulture Therapy course in In fact, in Sydney, Multicultural CEO of Multicultural Care Dr In October the National spaces on emotional wellbeing. For details visit communitywebs. backgrounds, as well as people with sport, leisure & travel 35