Mara House receives valuable garden makeover

HOBART’S Mara House received the “backyard blitz” experience recently when volunteers from Bunnings Warehouse Glenorchy donated their time and materials to revamp the house’s sparse front garden.

An initiative of Colony 47, Mara House provides 24-hour supported accommodation for up to six women aged 13 to 18-years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In April, Bunnings Warehouse Glenorchy gardening gurus visited the house to spruce up the front garden with plant donations, as well as offer advice on plant species and long-term garden maintenance.

Mara House acting coordinator Heidi-Marie Lyte said the project was aimed at getting the young residents engaged with the process by allowing them to choose the plants and learn new gardening skills.

“We have a very consumer-led focus at Mara House, so we made sure the girls were fully involved with the process of choosing the colour and species of plants that would feature in the garden,” she said.

“It is very important for us that the girls have input in their own lives and feel included in every decision that is made at the house.

“Although they were at school for the actual planting, they were very involved in the process and were very happy with the final result.

“The garden will be there for the girls to enjoy and take pride in, while also giving them a new and positive focus during their stay at Mara House.”

Ms Lyte said the garden’s new look went a long way to improving the aesthetic of the property.

“The girls can be with us for long periods of time, so we want to do all we can to create a natural, home environment for them,” she said.

“Before the replanting, the garden was very sparse and unwelcoming, whereas now it is private and appealing.

“Bunnings Glenorchy has been amazing and extremely supportive throughout this whole project and we are very thankful for its fantastic contributions to the house.”

Caption: Community volunteers Didi Okwechime, Erica Larcombe, Deb Burnett, Heidi-Marie Lyte and Ann-Marie Ezzy dig deep for the Mara House backyard blitz.

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