Community garden a big asset to the region

LOCAL residents will soon have the opportunity to develop their green thumb with plans for the creation of a community garden in Coffs Harbour launched yesterday as part of National Tree Day.

The Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour mayor, Mark Graham, said the garden would provide opportunities for residents to learn about growing trees, fruit and vegetables in the regions subtropical environment.

Mr Graham and the other four members of The Greens Team for the Coffs City Council elections were joined by many members of the community in planting trees along the banks of Coffs Creek, near Bray Street.

And while National Tree Day may be over, Mid-North Coast Greens member Rodney Degens said residents didn't have to wait another 12 months to help out the environment.

“The best means of avoiding the ever-increasing expense of veggies is to grow your own - you can really cut down the use of fossil fuels and they always taste better,” he said.

“Remember that trees are our best insurance policy against global warming,” Graham said. “And I urge locals to plant a tree to soak up carbon and to give our urban koalas a chance.

Locals also did their part for the environment by getting their hands dirty at the Butterfly House.

Throughout the day visitors were provided with information about plants butterflies from this area use and were given the opportunity to sponsor and plant a butterfly plant in the Butterfly House rainforest garden.

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