Grand Opening date announced: Friday the 15th of February 2019!

Inner West Neighbour Aid in partnership with the City of Canada Bay is developing an inclusive ‘5 Senses Garden’ within Rhodes Park, Concord West.

Who is the garden for?

  • The 5 Senses Garden is a place for the entire community.

  • The garden is designed to bring the community together: the young, the elderly, and people from all walks of life, cultures and all abilities. The 5 Senses Garden will be a flourishing, diverse and inclusive community.

  • Our vision is to improve the health and well-being of our local community, especially those who are marginalised, fostering friendships and belonging.

The 5 Senses Garden will:

  • Provide programs and workshops that encourage health and well-being,

  • Provide tailored activities for residential care facilities, schools, hospital programs and other non-for profit organisations,

  • Offer volunteering opportunities for the broader community,

  • Provide a space for local growing and social connections,

  • A safe and welcoming space for people of all abilities and backgrounds,

  • Opportunities for health professionals to use the garden with their clients for recovery and rehabilitation purposes

  • Take part in gentle exercise, relaxation and share cultural and horticultural knowledge and experience

  • Inspire residents to be environmentally sustainable and get involved in their local community.

A Strong Partnership

The 5 Senses Garden could not have happened without the significant investment and contributions by the City of Canada Bay. The City of Canada Bay has been an enthusiastic partner and champion of the project, providing funding for construction and design. Together, Inner West Neighbour Aid and the City of Canada Bay will provide a valuable resource for the community.

The Design

Rhodes Park Concept Design

The 5 Senses Garden will be an inclusive space for all, designed to meet a diverse range of abilities.

  • Inclusiveness is at the core of the 5 Senses Garden design.

  • The garden is designed to be both an active and passive space, enabling people to participate in activities and workshops, play or simply to enjoy the beauty of the garden and its surroundings.

Areas in the garden

  • Edible garden

  • Sensory garden

  • Communal kitchen and workshop area

  • Nature play area with accessible features

  • An indigenous food area,

All areas will be connected by a beautiful path designed by a renowned local indigenous artist.

How it started

The 5 Senses Garden is inspired by our clients.

We see people daily in the community who are passionate and knowledgeable gardeners, people who have grown food their whole lives or are part of garden clubs. With this in mind, we recognised a need in our local community for green spaces that allow the elderly and people living with physical and intellectual disabilities to be included.

The 5 Senses Garden project evolved in response to the needs of people we see regularly, wanting to connect more with the broader community. Initially, we sought to offer visits to local community gardens as part of our services.

The Garden is located at Rhodes Park, Killoola St, Concord West.

What's next

The Garden will have a generous space for growing veggies and fruit, with raised garden beds, including wheelchair accessible raised beds. There will be a sensory garden that engages all the senses; sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound; a nature play garden, a playground with water and sand play and communal outdoor kitchen and workshop area.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the natural therapeutic benefits of the garden or get involved in the education programs, workshops or activities on offer.