Work has begun on a mutli-purpose therapeutic garden in Warracknabeal that will be available to the public every day.
Horsham company Chapple Landscaping is building the Warracknabeal Wellness Garden at the entrance to Rural Northwest Health’s newly redeveloped campus. The garden will not only be the first of its kind in western Victoria but most likely the first in Australia.
The garden will feature four main areas; a community plaza, a movement park, a children’s play area and a sensory garden. The themes of the garden are designed from the region’s key elements including farm, tree, creek, community and health.
Melbourne landscape architects Kate and Kendall Monk created the concept for the garden and Chapple Landscaping’s Tory Chapple is adding a few of his own ideas to the plan.
Rural Northwest Health CEO Catherine Morley said the focus on the garden was first and foremost on wellbeing.
“It’s also going to be a wonderfully unique place to visit and it is designed to enhance the wellbeing of everyone who visits,” Ms Morley said.
“It would certainly provide a distinctive resting area for anyone touring along the Silo Art Trail,” she said.
“When it’s ready, we would love everyone to stop by and do some exercise, decrease their stress, engage with others to reduce isolation … and just breathe.”
Ms Morley said the garden was being developed in four stages when funding allowed.
“We’ve started the project with our own funding and a $500 donation from Warracknabeal Rotary Club,” she said.
“We still need to raise more money before we finish the garden and we are currently looking for sponsors.
“There are plenty of opportunities for naming rights and other donations toward this important project.”