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Australian Indigenous “Garden classrooms” for the youth

Peter Dawe from the Youth Community Greening Program of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia has had a strong relationship with nature for his entire life.

He grew up surrounded by his parents’ big veggie gardens with the bush just across the road, he grew up with the land around him and learned to understand it.

Because of this, Peter is passionate about bringing nature to everybody. The Youth Community Greening Program makes gardening inclusive for young people from all walks of life.

Bush Tucker Gardens teach young people about Indigenous culture, showing how people have lived in unison with the land for thousands of years.

Sensory gardens open up the senses so it’s not just about what you see, it’s about how you feel. The Program also runs a project for young people in the youth justice system, helping them create opportunity for themselves through gardening.

Peter doesn’t think that your life experience should determine how you connect with nature. Through hard work and passion he has brought a culture of gardening to young people across Australia, creating welcoming spaces for all.

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