We are now 5 years old.
What a wonderful 5 years it's been. Apart from the Garden developing into a wonderful serene and productive space it's the friendships forged along the way that are its best achievement.
The Garden has a strong community feel and support.
It started in 2018 when an enthusiastic bunch of local residents were brought together by Anne van Veen and her vision to establish a garden that the local community can enjoy and benefit from. We're all volunteers, who came together to convert some unused council land into a community garden.
The Council agreed for us to convert 2 old unused asphalt tennis courts in Stringer Rd Reserve to our new garden. It was a windy site with nothing but lots of asphalt. We ran fundraising events and have been generously supported by local businesses, community groups and individuals. We've also benefitted from government grants, local and federal for which we are very grateful.
Then came lots of hard work building all our raised garden beds and getting soil and compost.
Since then we have:
Completed all our garden beds
Installed 2 large 21,000 litre water tanks so that we are almost self sufficient.
Built a central pergola, a storage shed, a potting shed and a lovely hothouse.
Our garden was looking superb when Covid lockdowns stopped everything. We lost a lot of plants and had an infestation of rats. It was heart breaking but not at all important when seeing what Covid was doing to our community, the elderly and local businesses.
Our garden is now healthy and growing again. We have an active committee and a healthy membership. We have community garden beds - no private plots.
Members are encouraged to attend monthly working bees.
The unused tennis courts before we started our garden
Delivery of our timber had to be lifted over the fence
A happy group of members after building our first raised garden beds
Some of our members enjoying bbq and coffee after one of our working bees.
Our garden is now looking fantastic.