Kick Start for Community Garden

23rd Apr 2013

During the Sydney Royal Easter Show, representatives of the Community Garden attended the Royal Agricultural Society Charity Brunch to present on the Inverell Community Garden as the recipient of the mornings fundraiser.

 

The Charity Brunch, an initiative of Mrs Jennifer Dudley, wife of Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW President Mr Glenn Dudley started the brunch as a way for spouses and partners of Councillors of The RAS to help bridge the gap between country and city communities.

 

A silent auction and raffle was held and 160 women attended with a grand total of $22,000 raised for the garden.  The Brunch included an address by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of NSW as guest of honour and patron of the Society.

 

Community Garden Chair-woman Jenny Cracknell said

 

            “We were completely overwhelmed with the positive response to our presentation.  The generosity of these kind women is incredible and the funds will really help to kick-start our garden, enabling us to build a hot house, chook pen, install raised garden beds, and undertake several workshops at the garden.”

 

Landcare Coordinator (Gwymac Landcare) Sarah Legge said

           

“Our presentation also allowed us to promote country life, Inverell, and agriculture to women who may not have had a lot of exposure, and the wonderful feedback we gained was astounding, with many women hoping to visit our town and garden in the future.” 

 

said Sarah.

 

Inverell Community Garden will be open most Saturday mornings between 9am and 11am (if the gate is open) and anyone can lend a hand.  There is plenty to do and many hands are needed.  Funding will still be sought for improvements to the shed which is in need of repair.  Anyone who can offer time, funds, tools and materials are urged to get in touch. 

 

Future plans for the garden include recycled; garden art and children’s play equipment, and fencing for livestock.  If you have the skills to assist with design and construction, contact Gwymac Landcare or visit the garden any Saturday morning.   Memberships are now being taken, as are expressions of interest for leasing of plots.  The garden would also like to encourage local businesses to become involved and “Sponsor a Plot”, and anyone with plants and seeds to donate would be greatly appreciated.

 

The Community Garden hosted an “Autumn Evening” on Thursday 18th April from 5pm which included; Lantern making, Seasonal and composting discussions, Autumn Poetry and marshmallows round a camp fire.  It was a wonderful evening with approximately 30 people attending. 

Contact Gwymac Landcare on 67211 241 or email sarah@gwymaclandcare.net.au for more information.  You can also find Inverell Community Garden on Facebook to keep up to date with events, photos, members and more. 

 

Inverell Community Garden

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