Fer­tile soil ready, wait­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Julie Siegert’s back­yard is too big and she wants the com­mu­nity to take ad­van­tage.

The Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent is of­fer­ing it up as a com­mu­nal garden.

‘‘I know peo­ple are find­ing it tough out there and I have the space to grow plenty of veg­eta­bles. I put some plants in a few years ago and they took off, so I know it’s great soil.

‘‘I just want some­one to get the use of all this space.’’

She does not mind what form the garden takes or who comes to tend it, she will al­low ac­cess to her Opapa St prop­erty when­ever it’s needed.

Ms Siegert has owned the prop­erty since 1980. With a dam­aged hip and bad shoul­ders, the 71- year- old does not get around well, and the sec­tion is too much for her to man­age.

‘‘ I’m em­bar­rassed by how over­grown it’s be­come but I’ve never been much of a gar­dener any­way, work­ing six days a week like I did. It’s a big sec­tion and it’s just go­ing to waste, I can’t walk far or bend down.’’

Porirua City coun­cil­lor ‘Ana Cof­fey says there is a de­sire to es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity garden in the Bay.

‘‘There are def­i­nitely peo­ple who have the en­ergy to do some­thing like this. It’s just a case of find­ing the right place.’’

Ms Cof­fey will pass Mrs Siegert’s de­tails to the right peo­ple.

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