Chi­nese gar­dens’ vol­un­teers plot more re­fur­bish­ments

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PLAN­NING is un­der­way to cre­ate new en­trances to Beech­worth’s Chi­nese Gar­dens be­low Lake Sam­bell.

Kathryn Chivers is a mem­ber of a com­mu­nity group which de­vised and cre­ated the gar­dens from 1997 to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion of colo­nial-era Chi­nese-born gold-min­ers, mar­ket gar­den­ers and traders to Beech­worth’s devel­op­ment.

Vol­un­teers re­fur­bished the dip be­low the lake wall, clear­ing weeds and rub­bish as part of the plan­ning phase.

“With the help of a feng shiu ex­pert, who looked for el­e­ments be­neath the soil, we chose three Chi­nese el­e­ments to fea­ture in the gar­dens,” Ms Chivers said.

“Fire was rep­re­sented by the ris­ing of the phoenix, wood by trees and plants, and wa­ter by streams and ponds.

“Many com­mu­nity mem­bers spent an un­told num­ber of hours lend­ing their ex­per­tise, plants and help.”

Ms Chivers said the gar­dens were dis­rupted in 2015-16 when the lake wall was re­built at a cost of $3 mil­lion.

“There was a dis­rup­tion when the (old) wall de­vel­oped a leak a few years ago and a new lake wall was built that took away a part of the gar­den,” she said.

“The pagoda had to be moved and reestab­lished in another part of the gar­dens.”

She said the vol­un­teers were now work­ing with the coun­cil to put in a chil­dren’s play­ground with seats to make it a spe­cial meet­ing place.

“A new-gen­er­a­tion Bud­dha graces a raised area in the gar­den and chil­dren love to play on him and we en­cour­age them to do so,” she said.

“We also have a lot more work to do to cre­ate new en­trances to the gar­dens and that will mean mov­ing the Foo Dogs to new ac­cess points.

“The changes will in­clude dis­abil­ity ac­cess.”

FLEET­ING: Kathryn Chivers ad­mires the stun­ning dis­play of del­i­cate cherry blos­som by the foot­bridge in Beech­worth’s Chi­nese Gar­dens.

NURS­ERY: A fam­ily of ducks en­joy a swim in the Chi­nese Gar­dens’ pond.

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