Community garden set for Palmwoods
IT HAS taken more than five years of dreaming to get going and now the Palmwoods community garden is ready to get growing.
The Palmwoods Community and Business Association has collaborated with the Palmwoods Uniting Church to launch a community garden, with three lots spanning across three quarters of an acre on Hill St.
Project manager Kay Nixon said Soil and Soul was a place where locals and community groups could collaborate and it was as much about growing relationships as about growing plants.
"I had a dream for this many years ago," Kay said.
"In the last five years Palmwoods has really gotten into sustainable living and I heard about this parcel of land available right in the middle of town.
"I found out it was given to the church for the benefit of the community, and I instantly thought, 'community garden'."
A licence agreement was made where the Palmwoods Uniting Church leased the land to the Palmwoods Community and Business Association at no cost for the community to run.
The garden will have a mixture of community garden beds open to everyone and private beds for families.
There will be spaces for fruit, flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Kay said they would also be supplying produce to people in need while focusing on sustainable gardening, sharing knowledge on chemical-free gardening, including all people from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and disabilities, and encouraging the spirit of co-operation, consultation, community pride and achievement.
The garden is wheelchair and wheelbarrow-accessible.
"There is this whole generation of people who missed out on those skills of growing their own food," Kay said.
"We're so used to buying everything in supermarkets, but we're finding that not only in Palmwoods but everywhere, people want to connect with their community and they want to know where their food is coming from and that it's local and better for the environment.
"On every level for mental health reasons and people getting to know each other, I think this garden is a win-win."
Before anything has even been planted the garden has been nominated in the Healthy Town Awards in the Connections with Greenspace category.
The awards will be held in Pomona on October 28.
To launch Soil and Soul an open event will be held.
When: Sunday, October 30.
Where: 17-19 Hill St, Palmwoods from 4.30-6pm.
All are invited to preview the garden, ask questions about joining and enjoy an afternoon of socialising.