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Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

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Mr Harrison believes getting your hands dirty and working closely with nature brings out the best in blokes. (Supplied: Taree Community Garden )

He said he believes his programs have inspired men to open up and engage, not only with their children but other like-minded men.

By Gabrielle Lyons
ABC Mid North Coast
Sept 1, 2017

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Mr Harrison maintains the Taree Community Garden on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

He runs a program in the garden called ‘Dads and Dirt’ aimed at getting men to better connect with their kids in a hands-on environment.

Some of the men in Mr Harrison’s programs are single dads, widowers or suffering with mental health issues.

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UK: Corbyn, leader of the Queen’s loyal opposition, putters about in the garden

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Mr. Corbyn grows fruits and vegetables on his 250-square-yard plot in Finchley, London.

In a nation of gardeners, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pastime is run-of-the-mill. But keeping up a small plot within a London community garden fits his popular image as a modest, unmanicured politician.

By Simon Montlake
Christian Science Monitor
Aug 31, 2017

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“He’s the perfect man, I tell you. He doesn’t bother who he’s talking to, he’s the same,” says Joe McLean, who grows flowers, fruits, and vegetables on his allotment. He pulls out his phone to show a photo taken with Corbyn in June, just 10 days after the election.

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Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

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Costa Georgidis crashed the kids planting session and made learning fun at the Woolgoolga community garden open day.

By Rachel Vercoe
Off Coast Advocate
Aug 31, 2017

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“Community gardens are not just about gardening, they’re about the accessibility where people can come and communicate. As we head towards mental health week, these are some of the best facilities we can have in a community where we can encourage preventative medicine,” Costa Georgiadis said.

“Studies show there are not just therapeutic benefit but scientific benefits to easing stress and anxiety by bringing people together.

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