Berry theft turns into big idea
What started as a neighbourhood complaint has turned into an idea for a Cowaramup street festival.
Jackie Nichol lives on Duggan Drive in Cowaramup and has a mulberry tree in her front yard.
Ms Nichol said children from the neighbourhood would come to her home unsupervised and pick the berries without asking permission.
Ms Nichol said she was concerned children could hurt themselves on her property but she also wanted to highlight basic manners were needed.
“In many instances, I’ve been gardening or watering and have had children demand I provide them with ladders and chairs to reach fruit, yet not one child has knocked on the door and asked please if they could take them,” Ms Nichol said.
Ms Nichol said she then thought about addressing the issue in a practical way to benefit the neighbourhood.
“I wanted to make this more of a spring social for the community,” she said. “I was thinking about a garden swap and share, games and activities, with a focus on sharing the mulberry tree with everyone on our street.
“I’m thinking street games, chalk art, a mulberry pie-eating competition, produce swap and a chance to give cuttings of our fruiting mulberry tree to our neighbours.”
Ms Nichol is an environmental scientist and said she hoped to turn the street festival into a fundraiser for Friends of the Western Ground Parrot.
“It’s a critically endangered species found near Esperance, and a few years ago their habitat was destroyed in the fires,” she said.
“Any money raised, however small, would help support this rare and precious bird.”
Ms Nichol will plan the festival for Sunday, November 5, and wants anyone interested in running a stall to email email@example.com.