Let Organic Garden be
Hearing that the Organic Garden is under threat once again makes me feel like I’ve been hit in the stomach.
Whereas there can be absolutely no debate about the legal situation, because the land the gardens occupy belongs to the Department of Education, I really wish and hope the wider community, including the people in charge of planning and decision-making, will assess the true value of this little gem and find a way to protect it and secure it for community use once and for all. This garden is part of our history and culture. Many people, young and old, have put work and energy into it, and even more have a connection because of the memories that it holds for them, friends made, children played and educated, meetings held, songs sung, and tales learnt.
It is also an invaluable break-out space for the high school students themselves, and completely maintained by volunteers.
The garden is an open oasis in a town that has grown too rapidly, lost a lot of its landmarks, and left much of its identity behind. Are we not past the point of destroying meaningful landscape to make room for more cars etc.?
An old garden is a living thing with roots in the ground — it cannot be shifted or easily replaced.
Surely there must be a solution in which the growing school can be compensated by land or money and enticed to hand the Organic Garden over to the people who use and treasure it.