DIG­GING OR­GANIC TREATS

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

MARIGOLDS made a splash of colour at the Whitsunday Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­den kids’ plant­ing day last week.

The gar­den is rid­ing a groundswell of com­mu­nity sup­port af­ter se­cur­ing more than $50,000 in grant fund­ing ear­lier this year.

This week Bun­nings jumped on board and de­liv­ered on an ex­ten­sive wish-list com­piled by the gar­den com­mit­tee.

Rachael Rice and Char­lie Re­gan of Bun­nings ar­rived at the Gal­braith Park site on Wed­nes­day bear­ing truck-loads of ev­ery­thing needed to get the lit­tlies started.

There was raised gar­den beds, su­gar cane mulch, wa­ter­ing cans, gardening gloves, straw hats, forks, kids gardening sets, stakes, ir­ri­ga­tion equip­ment and Jiffy Pots.

“We have do­nated all the pot­ted colour, a big um­brella…to sup­port non-profit groups in our town,” Rachael said.

“This spe­cific do­na­tion is part of our spring cam­paign; it’s all about help­ing them get a foot up now that it’s spring.”

Sec­re­tary of the Whitsunday Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­den Jessa Lloyd was grate­ful for the do­na­tion.

“Not only have they do­nated what you see here to­day, but they have come on board to cre­ate a chil­dren’s play space,” she said.

The play space is ex­pected to be built next sea­son, pos­si­bly with the help of vol­un­teers from the Men’s Shed.

“It’s com­mu­nity build­ing com­mu­nity.”

Since the suc­cess­ful win­ning of com­mu­nity grants the gar­den has sunk a bore, trucked in a ship­ping con­tainer as a tool shed, planted shade and fruit trees, run ir­ri­ga­tion pipe to trees and spread 1000 cu­bic me­tres of mulch.

Two water tanks and a so­lar pump are close to be­ing in­stalled.

On Wed­nes­day lo­cal chil­dren and their par­ents took part fill­ing raised gar­den beds with soil and plant­ing seedlings.

“The take up has been sen­sa­tional and to see 20 or 30 kids down here all plant­ing their flow­ers and get­ting into the gardening side of things is just bril­liant and is what the com­mu­nity gar­den space is all about,” Jessa said. “Our aim here is to build some­thing that is dy­namic, some­thing that is fam­ily- friendly and some­thing that any­one can come along and join in.”

Mem­bers meet at the gar­dens each Wed­nes­day and Sun­day from 9am.

❝(This) is what the com­mu­nity gar­den space is all about. — Jessa Lloyd

PHO­TOS: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

PLANT­ING FUN: Lily O'Brien plant­ing marigolds at the Whitsunday Or­ganic com­mu­nity Gar­dens.

Suzy Gor­don, Jenny Grieg and Rose O’Brien at the kids’ plant­ing day.

Kids water at the Whitsunday Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­dens plant­ing day.

Noah Keino at the kids’ plant­ing day.

Kids’ plant­ing day at the Whitsunday Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­dens.

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