Gar­dens idea is tak­ing root

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Saman­tha Wantling

BUILD it and they will come – or so Kevin Cost­ner be­lieved in the movie Field of Dreams. So many dreams and ideas are squashed at the out­set – too hard, too costly, can’t be done, it won’t work here. I’ve heard them all. But what hap­pens when peo­ple stick to their guns? For some time now there has been a grow­ing push to build a botanic gar­den on the Gran­ite Belt. Now, I re­alise gar­den­ing is not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea but take a mo­ment to think out­side the box.

There have been stud­ies all over the world as to the ben­e­fits of Botanic Gar­dens and the list is end­less. A sim­ple visit to a Botan­i­cal Gar­dens can lead to stress relief and re­lax­ation (and who of us can’t do with a lit­tle of that). Imag­ine get­ting our school chil­dren in­volved in the con­cept.

We all know that the Gran­ite Belt is a prime tourism des­ti­na­tion. Why not give peo­ple an­other rea­son to visit – one that is open 365 days a year and changes with ev­ery ap­proach­ing sea­son.

Since this idea was pre­sented sev­eral months ago, I have been watch­ing with great in­ter­est as other re­gions in Aus­tralia have pre­sented their own take on a Botan­i­cal Gar­den (per­son­ally I like the term Botan­i­cal Park­land). Emer­ald has a ded­i­cated 42 hectares of Botan­i­cal Gar­dens that has been a work in progress since 1987. Port Au­gusta es­tab­lished a Botanic Gar­den in 1993 and ear­lier this year Chin­chilla be­gan work on its Botanic Park­lands. Each of these re­gions has faced their share of “knock­ers” and at times felt like hang­ing up their shov­els. But they per­se­vered and as a com­mu­nity worked to­gether to pull off a mam­moth task.

We only have to look around at what we have achieved on the Gran­ite Belt in our past to know, that as a com­mu­nity, we are ca­pa­ble of any­thing we set our minds to. And if we are to see our hum­ble lit­tle re­gion grow and pros­per, adding a Botan­i­cal Park­land to our di­ver­si­fied, lay­ered re­gion might be just what we need… be­cause some­times a gar­den is more than just a gar­den.

Watch this space!

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