Training possibilities grow at Grove Heritage Nursery

A Transition to Work Program in Grove has successfully secured a $14,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government for new gardening equipment. The program, run from Grove Heritage Nursery, is part of OAK Training and Development.

Minister for Health and Human services, the Honourable Jacquie Petrusma joined Drew Beswick, CEO of OAK Possability, staff and program participants at Grove Heritage Nursery for a tour of the site.

Funding for the equipment was granted under the Community Support Levy Charitable Organisations Grants Program. The grant will be utilised to renovate a glasshouse and purchase gardening equipment, including a ride on lawnmower.

“Transition to Work is about developing personal and employability skills with education and training, to create a pathway for people with a disability towards meaningful employment,” said OAK Possability CEO Drew Beswick.

“The Grove program is focused on horticulture and agriculture, so this equipment will make a big difference.”

Program participants spoke with the Minister about their experiences and what the program means to them.

“I like learning new skills at Grove.” – Peter

“I enjoy working with friends and the training is fun.” – Georgia.

“I like the friendly staff, gardening and mower training.” – Matthew

“Grove allows me to brush-up on my knowledge of my favourite trees.” – Marcus

“I like working with friends and the nice weather in Grove.” – Bradley

“I like the weather and building and gardening.” – Samuel

The program is paced suited to each individual and is delivered in a number of ways to encourage learning in an informative, supportive and fun environment. Participants are currently learning skills such as soil testing, propagation, workplace health and safety, weed identification and eradication, site maintenance and the use of associated equipment, tools and machinery, with the new equipment improving the training available at the site.

Program facilitator Darren Wishart-Brown is looking forward to the glasshouse renovations.

“It will really improve growing conditions for seedling and cuttings. Participants grow their own crops that are used in cooking and business training,” he said.

Future aspirations for Grove Heritage Nursery include installation of public BBQ facilities, creating an art hub, gallery and café to support local artists and provide employment opportunities.

For more information about OAK Training and Development, give us a call for a chat on 03 6208 0600 or contact us.

Image: Minister Jacquie Petrusma joins OAK Possability CEO Drew Beswick, program facilitator Darren Wishart-Brown and program participant Peter Horvat at the Grove site.