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Sunshine Butterflies disability charity launched their new ‘Learning Gardens’ space at their 15-acre property, ‘Our Backyard’.

“Our Learning Gardens have been designed specifically as an experiential learning space that teaches individuals how to plant, grow, harvest and prepare a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables,” Leanne Walsh, Founder/CEO said.

The garden beds are home to a variety of herbs, plants and vegetables all designed to provide a unique outdoor learning environment for individuals living with disability as well as the community.

The Learning Gardens will be home to Sunshine Butterflies newest program, Purple Thumbs.

Program Coordinator Hamilton Walker said: “Purple Thumbs by Sunshine Butterflies is an educational program where participants learn about biology, plants, food and nutrition, the environment and develop teamwork skills by growing a garden together.”

The local charity was excited to host an opening event this week to launch their new space and associated program.

They welcomed special guests Mim McWilliams from Food Agribusiness Network, Maroochy RSL President Michael Liddelow, Sunshine Gardens Damien Walsh, Megan Brabant and Rebecca Tindall from Gourmet Garden Australia and Meg Bolton from ABC.

These guests joined Founder and CEO Leanne Walsh, Purple Thumbs program and Sunshine Butterflies staff for a morning tea and educational session in their new space.

“We had a great morning sharing our vision of the new Learning Garden space and how it will be utilised in Sunshine Butterflies' programs, as well as for our community,” Leanne said.

Sunshine Butterflies provide support services, educational and recreational programs and activities that they offer to young adults living with disability living on the Sunshine Coast. The disability charity who have just celebrated their 11th birthday, have and continue to make it their mission to reduce stigma within the community by promoting inclusion, access and independence in all that they do.

Pictured: CEO Leanne Walsh with guests and Sunshine Butterflies staff and members opening the new Learning Gardens.


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