Garden connects the community
Community gardens and motorway projects might not seem like two things that go together, but that’s because the Well Connected Alliance likes to do things a little differently.
The multi-agency team involved in the Waterview Connection Project has set up an information centre and garden at a Valonia St property in Mt Roskill.
It’s also offering the house as a place where community groups can hold meetings.
It’s part of the alliance’s efforts to create better lives for its workers as well as the communities affected by the construction, NZTA communications adviser Helen Cook says.
The vegetable garden opened to the public in October and the house two months later.
Around 12 volunteers gather on Wednesdays between 4pm and 6pm when planting, weeding and harvesting takes place.
Volunteers also visit at other times to water and weed, community garden co-ordinator Diane Smith says.
Gardens for Health project manager Richard Main says the benefits of edible gardening are well known but what people don’t tend to focus on as much are the psychological benefits.
The house is open on Wednesdays from 2pm till 6pm, and on on Fridays from 10am till 2pm.
There will be an open day on April 12 at 4 Valonia St from 10am till 2pm focusing on urban design projects which will benefit the community, including a proposed skate park, new sports facilities, cycleways and raised walkways.