Community gardens as cultural spaces
Community gardens are important to both our environment and our society. They are places to preserve, and they promote not only plants but culture too.
JCU Environmental Management Honours student, Rachael Walshe, is exploring the importance of community gardens as cultural spaces.
Nestled at the base of the mountains and hidden behind the library is JCU Cairns’s very own miniature paradise. A community garden providing not only a bounty of 80 species of edible plants, but also a space for students, staff, and others to enjoy the richness of both our tropical environment and our diverse community.
Sit in the shade provided by a repurposed bus shelter or the tall, leafy trees. Or soak up the sunshine in the open space and engage in activities like yoga or badminton. Better yet, dive in and get your hands dirty while you help to cultivate a beautiful and plentiful tropical garden. As Rachael Walshe says, the community garden at JCU Cairns is “a little slice of heaven”.
And Rachael would know. As an Honours student at JCU pursuing the furthering of environmental engagement, Rachael is passionate about the importance of gardens and gardening as a skill.
“I grew up on a farm in rural Australia, so I’ve always had a vested interest in farming and gardens,” Rachael says. “I started studying nutrition at university, but I realised I was more interested in the growing and gardening side of it rather than the nutritional aspect, so I moved into Environmental Management.”