Greenspace Project

The Greenspace Project stands out among conventional community gardens at the University of South Australia due to its distinct focus on mental health and community building. This rooftop community garden not only provides a sustainable and inclusive environment for students but also strives to raise awareness about the importance of student mental health. Unlike traditional gardens that primarily emphasise horticulture, the Greenspace Project offers a unique hands-on and interactive experience, fostering a sense of community and equipping students with resources to support their mental well-being.

Research has shown that spending time in nature has significant benefits for mental health. According to Dr. Eva Selhub, a specialist in stress and resilience, “Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted, we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energised is to connect with nature.” This sentiment is supported by a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, which found that exposure to nature can effectively alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In addition to promoting mental health, the community garden serves as a platform for hands-on learning in sustainable practices and facilitates social events and workshops. To attract participants and spread awareness, the Greenspace Project utilises various assets, including an Instagram account for updates, seed packets and harvest boxes for home gardening practices, posters, email marketing, and a mindfulness pocket guide.

Designed By

  • Brooke Thorpe
  • Casey Clements
  • Marissa McLarty


Interested in taking this project further? Contact Dr Gareth Furber at