Rural Northwest Health building Warracknabeal Wellness Garden

WORKS: Tory Chapple and Connor Gould start work on the therapeutic garden at Warracknabeal. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
WORKS: Tory Chapple and Connor Gould start work on the therapeutic garden at Warracknabeal. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

WORK has started on a new multi-purpose therapeutic garden at Warracknabeal.

A Warracknabeal Wellness Garden is being built at the entrance to Rural Northwest Health’s newly redeveloped campus.

The garden will be the first of its kind in western Victoria.

Rural Northwest Health chief executive 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,” she said.

“It would certainly provide a distinctive resting area for anyone touring along the Silo Art Trail.

“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.”

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.

Ms Morley said the garden would be 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.”