Opening a Community Garden tales a lot of effort from a core group of volunteers. And it also requires a considerable budget to buy materials, build our raised planter boxes, arrange water, signage etc. So we need to raise funds to do all this and we rely on our fantastic sponsors and donors who have offered to help us.
Prospect Wines of Blackburn created our new logo and printed signs and stickers at no charge. They also helped with subsidised prices for our successful wine fundraisers.
Bunnings Rosebud have been excellent by adding us to their roster of weekend sausage sizzles, donating all the seedlings for our 1st planting, and donating materials to help with our stage 2 build. Their community involvement is superb and often goes unnoticed.
Blairgowrie Pharmacy have kindly donated to us a first aid kit and sunscreen for the safety of our members. For the best friendly and efficient service go and see Jia and his staff.
Pope donated two 30 metre garden hoses with fittings and hand sprays to replace our original second hand and broken old hoses. This will allow us to keep our garden well watered.
Davey Pumps have been very generous with their donation of a new water pump to connect our 22,500 litre water tank to our garden.
Davey is Australia and New Zealand's international water products company.
PIPES in Dromana are our local distributors for Davey Pumps and arranged with them for the supply of our new water tank pump. Mark at PIPES has been very supportive of our project.
Bakers Delight Rye
Shop 7 & 12, 2185 Point Nepean Rd. Rye
They have been great supporters at our sausage sizzles and donate bread to us.
The Bendigo Community Bank have been fantastic supporters of our garden by giving us a grant to pay for all the materials to build our 6 new wicking beds at the end of 2019. Thank you to a great friendly team.
MAW Civil are civil construction and earth moving specialists located on the
Mornington Peninsula with 55 years of experience. They have very generously donated and installed our truck access gate on our west fence. This now allows us have trucks deliver supplies direct into the garden.
Our local community supporters
This project is about more than a communal garden. It has brought together local community groups that are all working together and helping each other to provide better amenities for our local residents. It brings people together and creates friendships.
We are delighted to be working with and getting assistance from the following groups:
We are happy to be partnering with the Sorrento Community Centre and they have agreed for us to work under their auspices and provide us with banking and insurance facilities. They are also guiding us through the process of applying for grants from local and federal governments.
We wish to thank the staff and Board of the Sorrento Community Centre for their support and assistance.
Point Nepean Mens Shed are another new local group based at the old Rescue Squad helicopter building in Sorrento. Their aim is "to advance the health and well-being of our members and to participate in meaningful projects and activities, at your own pace, in a relaxed environment and in the company of other like-minded people".
Their members have helped out on our working bees and moved soil & mulch and assisted in the construction of our raised garden beds and our pergola.
We have formed a great working relationship and friendship with the Mens Shed and we appreciate their help.
The Rotary Club of Sorrento need no introduction as they are so well known and respected for their local community work and fundraising by a dedicated team of members. They assisted us with a fantastic grant which enabled us to complete the installation of water pipes from our new tank around the garden and connect up 4 new taps. Watering our gardens will be so much easier now.
Community 3942 are an independent group of residents of Blairgowrie with the aim of discussing and progressing any issues seen as important to protect, preserve or enhance Blairgowrie. One of their projects is to revitalise Stringer Reserve and get more people using facilities there. They were instrumental in getting the 2 good remaining tennis courts opened again with new nets. They also liased with the Lions Club and Point Nepean Mens Shed to build new public seating at Stringer Reserve. Community 3942 are great supporters of our project.