TAFE students help build Japanese garden structures at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.
TAFE students help build Japanese garden structures at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. Trevor Veale

Teamwork enhances Japanese garden

THE North Coast Regional Botanic Garden's very own slice of Japan is continuing to expand and take shape with TAFE carpentry students having completed work on the garden's gateway yesterday.

Finishing touches were made to a traditional gateway, adding another feature to the rapidly transforming Japan- ese garden.

With architectural elements to include a waterside pavilion, contemplation room, gateway deck and two entrance features, the Japanese garden is destined to be a major attraction.

In a true collaboration of efforts, volunteers from the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed are making balustrades for the waterside deck and a Tursa work-for-the-dole team is helping install decking for the new waterside pavilion.

The landscaping was designed by local firm GeoLINK following a series of master classes carried out by experts from Coffs Harbour's Japanese sister city of Sasebo in 2008.

Coffs Harbour City Council has committed $90,000 to the project while the Friends of the Botanic Garden have contributed $15,000 along with volunteer labour and planting.

Cr Bill Palmer said the garden already featured a traditional Japanese lake and bridge. "Their popularity with visitors, especially during the Japanese Festival of Child- ren's Day, is plain to see," Cr Palmer said.

"But these lovely extra features will give people a real feel of a traditional Japanese garden - right here in Coffs Harbour.

"I'd like to congratulate the Friends of the Botanic Garden, as well as all the other volunteers, students and work experience people involved for their contribution towards what is going to be a wonderful highlight of the Botanic Garden."



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