SECRET GARDEN IS ON THE MOVE AND NEEDS YOUR HELP
FOR YEARS the Secret Garden at the Western Sydney University at Richmond has been more than a meeting place or a getaway for the community
The popularity of the garden has provided it with the means to support the community in a much bigger and better way.
This month the Secret Garden and Nursery is moving to more than 6ha of land at Clydesdale Lane, also in Richmond, as the North West Disability Services, which runs it, looks to expand.
North West Disability Services chief executive Deborah Gersbach said the garden was funded by community contributions and she is looking for volunteers to help them before and after the move, set for April 18.
“We are so thrilled with the developments and the amazing number of community members who have volunteered to contribute their time to the creation of the garden and its projects,’ Ms Gersbach said. “Every time a new person comes to the site they bring a new idea or suggestion that adds to the many activities and creative developments.
“We are open to all the community and welcome other organisations which might see an option to engage with the new Secret Garden or even make it a home base.
“The new Secret Garden is truly a wonderful new community facility for the people of the Hawkesbury and wider Sydney districts.
“With visitors from across Australia and overseas, it is fast becoming a unique and creative demonstration of how community can come together and design a place where people can meet, learn, contribute, have fun, get their hands dirty, chip in, offer suggestions, exercise, connect with nature and animals, sculpt, paint, design and leave their mark.”
She thanked the community, organisations, sponsors and groups including visits from the US branch of the YMCA for their support.
The several organisations who use the Secret Garden include Riding for Disabled, Richmond Centre, Hawkesbury Valley Men’s Shed, well-established mud brick building courses and Liberty Horse skills training.
There is candle making, landscaping instruction, music and art programs, a recycling project, creative arts, gardening, a WSU students’ farm, children’s holiday programs, farm animals and other activities.
To help, call 9686 4155.
Welcome to the plant shop at the Secret Garden in Richmond. Below: The Mens’ Shed (left) and one of the animals on site in the grounds of Western Sydney University.