Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, checks out the Coffs Community Garden in all its autumn splendour.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, checks out the Coffs Community Garden in all its autumn splendour. Contributed

Good idea grows in community garden

ONCE the seed was planted to form a community garden at the Combine St reserve, the idea soon grew and it's now a blooming reality.

Through sweat, hard work and many hours with hands-on shovels, the empty reserve area has been turned into a community space for people to connect and learn about gardening and sustainability.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight, deputy mayor John Arkan, Cr Nan Cowling, city council general manager Steve McGrath and senior council staff recently enjoyed a visit to the Coffs Community Garden.

A tour led by community garden members Matthew Downie and Steve McGrane showed the visitors communal and individual garden plots, an abundant food forest, the seedling nursery and composting initiatives.

The group also inspected progress on the meeting space which has been funded by the council.

A 10m x 5m waterproof shade sail will also soon be installed courtesy of a Cancer Council grant.

After the tour, guests and community gardeners shared a lunch of wood-fired pizza, freshly picked salads and home-baked treats.

Councillors and community gardeners enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss plans for the garden.

Individuals and groups are welcome to visit the Coffs Community Garden on Thursday mornings from 9am to noon and Sundays from 9.30am until 1.30pm.

New members and beginner gardeners are welcome.

The community garden is located on the eastern end of the Combine St reserve.

For more information on the community garden visit coffscommunitygardens.org.au.

 

 

 

Would you like to organise a tour of the community garden for your group or organisation? Simply email contact@coffscommunitygardens.org.au for details.



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