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The Banatjarl bush medicine bush tucker garden is a key part of the family healing and resource centre that the Women's Council has established on traditional Jawoyn land at Banatjarl approximately 40km south of Katherine.
The gardens have been designed for educational purposes and to provide a wide range of plant materials to make into bush products. Bringing together many traditional plants in one place, the gardens are an important place at which Elders and others can pass on knowledge and skills to younger generations through camps, events and women's 'talkfests' that are held at the centre.
The garden plan includes some sixty different plant species. The plant species selected have been identified by the Banatjarl members and their uses include bush tucker, medicine plants, fibre for weaving, colour for bush dyes, plants for other arts and craft applications and ornamental plants. It's hoped that the garden will enable young people to learn more about their culture, bush tucker and bush medicine and become stronger in themselves.
Abstract adapted from Remote Indigenous Gardens Network
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Pandanus Plaza 1st Street
PO Box 371
Katherine NT 0851
Ph: (08) 8972 5400 or (08) 8971 1100