Coolum Beach local Nathan Freney is the owner of the Swallowtail Nursery and his mission is to create opportunities for people with disabilities through gardening.
Nathan lives with a disability called Asperger’s Syndrome and has created workshops designed to teach individuals gardening skills.
He recently collaborated with the Coolum Community Garden to design wheelchair accessible wicker beds that will be part of the new Coolum Common project in Jack Morgan Park.
âIt was a great opportunity for people like me who live with a disability to go back to community gardens and gain hands-on experience,â he said.
This project has highlighted the need for all gardens to be accessible to the whole community and Nathan is excited to continue designing for other projects in South East Queensland.
He is looking for community gardens or private garden spaces that wish to make their facilities accessible.
Nathan is skilled in both horticulture, land maintenance and revegetation.
It offers training and workshops for people living with a disability and for people who want to learn more about horticulture.
This hands-on experience will open doors to future employment opportunities and provide participants with an immersive experience.
The workshops operate in a block of four weeks and last two hours.
Studies have shown the benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature.
Often people with disabilities are overlooked and lack the opportunity to experience gardening.
Nathan is changing that on his own with his amazing workshops.