Green thumbs in­ter­act

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The evo­lu­tion of one of the Wim­mera’s new­est re­tire­ment vil­lages has con­tin­ued with Hor­sham Key­in­vest Wim­mera Lodge de­vel­op­ing a new in­ter­ac­tive gar­den for res­i­dents.

The new gar­den is part of the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the in­de­pen­dent-liv­ing vil­lage nes­tled in Hor­sham West.

The new gar­den, de­signed and de­vel­oped by Brett Perry and his team from Land­scape It, features ex­er­cise equip­ment, raised gar­den beds for veg­etable and fruit grow­ing, an or­chard in­clud­ing cit­rus, stone and pome fruit, seat­ing, shade cloth and ar­ti­fi­cial turf.

The gar­den is de­signed for peo­ple keen to make the most of or de­velop a green thumb at Wim­mera Lodge.

It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Wim­mera Lodge res­i­dents to plant what­ever veg­eta­bles and flow­ers they wish.

Key­in­vest de­vel­oped The Vil­lage Gar­den at Wim­mera Lodge as a value-add fea­ture to give res­i­dents a place they could go within the vil­lage that pro­vided ‘some­thing spe­cial’ – where they could re­lax in the gar­den, walk their dogs or re­main ac­tive on out­door ex­er­cise equip­ment.

Wim­mera Lodge, in Dumesny Street, has two or three-bed­room six-star en­ergy-rat­ing homes and is rapidly de­vel­op­ing.

The vil­lage, de­signed for peo­ple aged 55 and older, has a cen­tral com­mu­nity cen­tre with gym­na­sium, li­brary, bar, kitchen and in­door and out­door din­ing ar­eas.

It al­ready features 20 homes and the plan is for the vil­lage to have 43 homes on com­ple­tion.

Plans are also un­der­way for a vil­lage work­shop, with work sched­uled to start early next year.

The new de­vel­op­ment will fea­ture a Men’s Shed work­shop and games room for bil­liards and darts.

An ex­tended car­a­van park­ing area will also be avail­able early next year.

This is won­der­ful, a great as­set for the vil­lage. I’ve al­ways loved gar­den­ing and this opens the door for that op­por­tu­nity. I re­ally love it here. – Hilda Ross

Key­in­vest Wim­mera Lodge res­i­dents and keen gar­den­ers, from left, Hilda Ross, Graeme Wynne and Robert Broe, as­sist in the new in­ter­ac­tive gar­den. Right: Ms Ross and Bar­bara Ver­secky plant veg­eta­bles.

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