Let Or­ganic Gar­den be

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Britta Sorensen, Mar­garet River

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.

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