Sowing community spirit
IN 2009, a small group of local families decided to get together to start a community garden.
From that, the Hilton Harvest Community Garden was born, a place that has played an integral role in fostering community spirit and participation for almost a decade.
In addition to having 16 allotment beds and six community beds for individuals, families or other local groups to use, the space is much more than just a garden.
It is all about bringing the community together, whether it’s at weekly events like the Buds ‘n’ Bloom inter-generational program and Chook Club, an annual community event like the Earth Hour Picnic and Sustainable House Day or even a relaxing movie screenings.
Hilton Harvest Community Garden chairwoman Sasha Wray said when they started there had been no other community garden in the area and demand for their services and programs was just as strong now as it had been back then.
“Around 60 residents came to our very first meeting and there was a palpable sense of yearning for the community spirit, and over the last seven years we think we have allowed that community spirit to blossom,” she said.
“The garden has grown beyond our expectations.
“In its eighth year, it is enjoying huge growth and there is so much more to come.”
Ms Wray said locals interested in joining the increasingly popular community group could sign up for a membership, which gives them access to the garden, equipment discounts, trailer and pizza oven hire and event tickets.
“Becoming a member does not mean you are expected to slog it out for hours in the garden as a volunteer, although you might want to get your hands dirty gardening with us, it’s fun,” she said.
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Sasha Wray, Ruby Long and Sula Ray enjoy time in the community garden.