Com­mu­nity gar­den crew rar­ing to grow

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

The frozen veges will re­main in the freezer if Tawa gets its pro­posed com­mu­nity gar­den.

With the grow­ing sense of get­ting back to grass­roots and home­grown food, com­mu­nity gar­dens have been pop­ping up ev­ery­where.

A dis­cus­sion group on Neigh­bourly.co.nz led to con­ver­sa­tion about start­ing one in the Tawa, or­gan­iser Robyn Parkin­son said.

Six months on, the process is firmly un­der way, with the group just wait­ing for the goa­head from Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

‘‘We’ve come a long way in a rel­a­tively short space of time,’’ Parkin­son said.

‘‘There’s a grow­ing sense of, ‘Yes we’ve got a great com­mu­nity, but there is al­ways more we can do’.’’

If all goes to plan, plant­ing could begin in spring, mak­ing for a fresh sum­mer har­vest.

Parkin­son said it was a way to pass on knowl­edge about gar­den­ing and har­vest­ing to the next gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘It’s to get peo­ple ex­cited about gar­den­ing.

‘‘ The project is bring­ing to­gether all kinds of peo­ple.’’

The gar­den would be built in stages on the 30-me­tre by 10m lot, start­ing with veg­eta­bles, but even­tu­ally in­clud­ing fruit trees and flow­ers.

‘‘It is go­ing to make the area a lot more pretty.’’

Vol­un­teers would take pro- duce home, with sur­plus go­ing to Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance, a Tawa char­ity.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

This lot at Coro­na­tion Park, Ox­ford St, Tawa, could be sprout­ing veg­eta­bles by next year.

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