Josh Hallgath, Brodie Dalzell and Wayne Marnoch show their enthusiasm for the community garden at the Combine St Reserve.
Josh Hallgath, Brodie Dalzell and Wayne Marnoch show their enthusiasm for the community garden at the Combine St Reserve. Trevor Veale

First community garden under way

MOMENTUM is building and in the coming months Coffs Harbour will see its first ever community garden take form.

The project was officially launched yesterday at the Combine St Reserve and work on the initial stages will include a central mandala and waterway.

Coffs Regional Community Gardens chairperson Adam Curlis said while the idea was to create a productive food garden, the site would be a meeting place where the community could attend workshops and work together on different sections.

“Support from community members, service providers and small businesses have been fantastic and we appreciate their generous donations, materials and advice,” Mr Curlis said.

“The one-and-a-half hectare site will be home to various gardens, with a stream leading to the creek, walkways and a viewing platform.”

Within the community garden will be a public space, nursery, natives and bush food area, organic recycling and kids' area. Residents can rent a plot for around $60 a year.

Along with garden members, the site is being worked on by 10 volunteers and team leader Dom White with the National Green Jobs Corps.

Ms White said in addition to learning new skills, the community garden is an opportunity for participants to learn about the importance of growing food naturally and locally.

“Edible landscapes increasingly are being integrated into Australian public space and urban design and this project offers cutting edge experience for young people potentially entering the green skills workforce.”

Work on the garden is expected to be complete by June, 2012.



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