T.W.I.G. – Turning Waste Into Gold!

a fun way to become part of the Bellingen High School Community Garden.

Join Us!

T.W.I.G. needs volunteers! Share knowledge, learn practical gardening skills, meet new people, spend time outdoors, and contribute to a worthwhile community project. Working with Children check or application number required.

In-School Program

T.W.I.G. runs as a sport option for Bellingen High School students and is held on Wednesdays from 1.40-3.10pm during school terms. Volunteers are required from 1.30pm to 3.15pm. 

  • How much does it cost?

    At T.W.I.G., we share a snack together after a session of gardening. Be part of a unique experience that gives people the opportunity to eat out and be social regardless of their financial situation.

  • What to Expect

    Ingredients where possible are sourced from the garden. You can choose between helping prepare food and harvesting from the garden or gardening. Through both we share knowledge, have fun, help the garden flourish. T.W.I.G. is a family-friendly gathering.

  • What to Bring

    Hat, Sunscreen, covered shoes, donation. Tools are provided, but BYO fave gardening tools. Contributions of materials are always welcome (e.g. seedlings, seeds, mulch, shredded paper, compost, extra produce to bump up the meal etc)

  • How to Get There

    Enter the Garden from Crown street entrance to Bellingen High School. The community garden is located within the school on flat land with good accessibility. The garden is open to the whole community with access to the gardening public after school hours and on weekends.

Project Benefits

T.W.I.G. facilitates knowledge sharing, intergenerational connection and improves health and wellbeing.

“It feels great to get outside and get active” (Lisa)

“It gives me something to look forward to in my week” (Paul)

Community gardening is good for you

Research shows the overwhelming benefits in relation to health and wellbeing of spending time outdoors, gardening, and with others.

Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy intensity physical activity, and has been linked to significant beneficial changes in cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Gardening helps combat obesity, and improve sleep, leads to decreased cortisol levels and positive moods which can promote relief from acute stress.

Benefits of gardening include weight loss, stress reduction, illness and injury recovery, healthy diets, skill sharing, learning, improved concentration and productivity. Research has also shown that gardening has health benefits such as increasing fruit and vegetable intake. The combination of moderate physical activity and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables has been reported to dramatically reduce an adult’s risk for many chronic diseases.

A 2003 study found that adults with a household member who participated in a community garden consumed fruits and vegetables 1.4 more times per day than those who did not participate, and they were 3.5 times more likely to consume fruits and vegetables at least 5 times daily.

Share your knowledge and learn new skills

T.W.I.G. allows people to contribute to their community, share knowledge, learn practical gardening skills and recipes for healthy eating. Feeling connected to others can strengthen a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Build your skills in permaculture-based gardening, cooking, communication and collaboration. Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and contributes to general wellbeing.

Spend time outdoors

Exposure to sunlight helps to elevate mood and being close to green space helps combat depression. Spending time in nature is associated with reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Email Dave to get involved