Gar­den idea is

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD -

PATTY Klaassen’s dream of a com­mu­nity gar­den at­tract­ing folk of all ages to walk, play, and har­vest fruit and vegetables is com­ing to fruition.

The Mt Perry health worker was keen to ex­tend the town’s safe walk­ing ar­eas for older peo­ple and the com­mu­nity, and in­volve the youth group in the joys of gar­den­ing.

From this seed, the project grew.

Gar­den care­taker and RSL pres­i­dent Peter Baker said ground­work be­gan last year when the Mt Perry Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre pro­vided land, and Path­ways to Re­cov­ery funded the pur­chase of ba­sic gar­den­ing equip­ment and the fenc­ing and in­stal­la­tion of a shed.

“Through the RSL, the Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank for Gin Gin and Mt Perry has pro­vided $1600 for gar­den seats,” Mr Baker said. “It will be a lovely shady spot in sum­mer, with the blue gums pro­vid­ing shade at 12 o’clock.”

By July this year, the Mt Perry Fine Arts Group had been com­mis­sioned to paint the ce­ment planter boxes do­nated by the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and the youth group had be­gun a veg­etable gar­den.

Five Mt Perry artists, led by Adri­en­neWil­liams, have con­trib­uted de­signs re­lated to grow­ing food or na­tive plants which will take form over the next few months.

“Some­times we drive down there at six in the morn­ing and see an artist with a hat on,” MsWil­liams said.

“Our aim is to make the

CHICK­ENS! The Bas­sett sib­lings and Ty­lor Mor­ton en­joy the planter box painted by Shel­ley Kelly.

Mt Perry's com­mu­nity gar­den is a peace­ful space un­der blue gums on land do­nated by the Mt Perry Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre.

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