Help keep gar­den alive

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

All it took was a few months of ne­glect for Vic­to­ria St West’s makeshift com­mu­nity gar­den to grow out of con­trol.

But city-dweller An­drew Macken­zie is hop­ing some green­fin­gered vol­un­teers will help stop that from hap­pen­ing this sum­mer.

The gar­dens lin­ing the out­side of the car park next to Vic­to­ria Park Mar­ket have been grow­ing for more than a year thanks to a bit of in­ge­nu­ity and a few help­ing hands.

Mr Macken­zie and two friends no­ticed ear­lier this year the area was no longer be­ing main­tained and stepped up to weed and re­plant it.

It is now full of herbs and veg­eta­bles which peo­ple can help them­selves to and leave a dona­tion.

Mr Macken­zie is go­ing to be away from Auck­land over the sum­mer and needs some vol­un­teers to step in and help out in Jan­uary.

‘‘I don’t want it to die. We’re re­ally just look­ing for peo­ple to wa­ter it. If peo­ple can do some weed­ing as well that would be great,’’ he says.

At the mo­ment some vol­un­teers just turn on the soaker hose on their way to the gym and turn it off on their way back. Oth­ers spend an hour or two tend­ing to the gar­den ev­ery cou­ple of weeks.

‘‘There’s no for­mal sched­ule – I’m not go­ing to com­mit any­one to dates or times. Just any­thing and ev­ery­thing re­ally can help.’’

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