|We, the Canberra Interfaith
Forum (CIF), established this Garden in 2011 after four years of effort
- Symbolise our commitment to respect, protect and
conserve the natural environment;
- Provide a venue where we could meet and meditate
on and deepen our connection with the environment; and
- Deepen our harmonious relationships and promote
healing and reconciliation with each other (including the Indigenous
- Strengthen mutual bonds and understanding by
working together on garden maintenance
- Provide a facility where visitors to the Hospice
and volunteers working there can rest peacefully in nature.
This Garden is located on a one hectare site just east
of Clare Holland House in Menindee Drive, Barton, at the eastern
extremity of Grevillea Park.
In March 2011, some 250 trees and shrubs – Grevilleas,
Bursarias and Correas, were planted in a horse-shoe shaped garden-bed
make light work - Photo by Toshiki Naga
Multifaith planting party March 26 2011
The 12 spiritual traditions comprising CIF are
represented by 12 different varieties of Grevillea, forming the inner
row of the garden-bed. In the surrounding grassland, outside the
horse-shoe, we planted 12 Eucalypts blending with the adjacent wooded
There is an inner grassland about 40 metres in
diameter on which meetings are held periodically, on environmental,
spiritual or multicultural issues.
A plaque, listing the 12 spiritual traditions and 8
cooperating organizations, is placed at the upper side of the
The Garden was formally launched by Ms Mary Porter MLA
representing the Chief Minister in May 2011.
CIF has organised several gatherings of around 100
people on the garden site, on environmental and peace/ harmony/social
It is planned to organise workshops for Youth groups
of the various spiritual and multicultural traditions, to help them
understand more of the environmental issues, express their views and
ideas, and become engaged in maintaining the Garden and other
environment-support action and activities.
We are trying to improve the facility by adding two
permanent bench-seats and by obtaining 40 additional light-weight chairs
to bring on-site when needed.
We hope and expect the site will be used to
symbolise and stimulate the awareness and concern of our own faith
communities, and of the Canberra multicultural community in general, for
environmental issues and sustainable living, as a contribution to the
ACT Government’s goals and targets along these lines.