Seeds of sustainability
The ninth profile in our monthly Faces of Nedlands series by former City of Nedlands communications officer Michelle Newton is sustainability advocate and Mt Claremont resident Gail Stubber.
“SUSTAINABILITY is a basic common sense way of living – it always has been and always will be,” Ms Stubber said.
Ms Stubber is a strong advocate for sustainable living and has been heavily involved with the Mayo Community Garden in Swanbourne for four years.
“I have always been interested in sustainability and development,” she said.
“I don’t understand why people don’t do it.”
Community gardens are an increasingly popular form of civic and urban agriculture shown to have multiple benefits for participants and the wider community, providing a hub where people come together to grow organic food, design urban green spaces and nurture sustainable living.
“The Mayo Community Garden site is great because of the history and natural regeneration work that goes on around it
by the Friends of Allen Park Group,” she said.
“It has been a good fit and ties in with the natural surrounding bushland area.”
With a core group of eight to 10 people, Ms Stubber has enjoyed being involved in a community founded on sustainable practices, which include no chemicals, using a “make-do and mend” mentality and asking for help to make things happen.
“The more sustainability you do, the more it comes back to simple answers,” she said.
“I once saw a landscape gardener pulling apart a limestone wall and asked if he didn’t want it, could he leave it at the gardens?
He was nice enough to do that for us.
“Bunnings has also come on board and built a shed for us.”
From its conception, Ms Stubber helped the garden to grow to fill a range of needs, whether it’s people renting, those with small back yards or the less green-thumbed who are still interested in the community and social aspects of the garden.
“We have had a lot of people who walk past, interested in talking to us and finding out about gardening at their house, but they are too time-poor to join the garden themselves,” she said.
Some of Ms Stubber’s achievements include hosting the annual Earth Hour event, as well as tree pruning and composting workshops at the Mayo Community Garden.
She stepped down as the President of the Mayo Community Garden in 2016 and is planning a lifestyle change in the South West.
Gail Stubber is a passionate advocate for sustainable living.