Project seek­ing new ‘gar­den war­rior’

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHLOE RANFORD

Work on a new com­mu­nity gar­den in Pic­ton is on hold fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of its project leader.

The Pic­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­den group is look­ing for a new ‘‘gar­den war­rior’’ to re­place Linda Thomp­son to head the project planned for Beach Rd Re­serve.

The gar­den will pro­vide a space to grow vegeta­bles, fruit and flow­ers, and also help put fresh food into the re­gion’s food bank.

Pic­ton Re­source Cen­tre com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor Nicci Neil­son said the group was ‘‘very sup­port­ive’’ of Thomp­son’s de­par­ture.

‘‘But that doesn’t mean it has to be some­one who’s re­tired, as it’s not a huge amount of hours and there is sup­port there.

‘‘It would be good if they had some com­mit­tee ex­pe­ri­ence and, of course, it needs to be some­one who loves gar­dens.’’

Neil­son said the group was also look­ing for vol­un­teers and com­mit­tee mem­bers with a ‘can do’ at­ti­tude and a ‘‘pas­sion for gar­dens’’, who could help steer the project in the right di­rec­tion.

‘‘Vol­un­teers are peo­ple who will help work in the gar­den, but com­mit­tee mem­bers are peo­ple who do a bit more, as an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety,’’ Neil­son said.

The Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Coun­cil ap­proved a one-off $15,500 grant to­wards the gar­den in their long-term plan re­view in June.

A lo­cal land­scape ar­chi­tect had since pro­vided a de­sign that in­cluded a fruit or­chard, flower beds, raised gar­dens for those with dis­abil­i­ties, an or­ganic com­post sys­tem and na­tive plant­ings around the perime­ter.

Pic­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­den would en­ter its pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion phase once a com­mit­tee had been es­tab­lished, Neil­son said.

Green-thumbed res­i­dents could sign up for a vol­un­teer or lead­er­ship po­si­tion by con­tact­ing the Pic­ton Re­source Cen­tre at pr­centre@xtra.co.nz.

‘‘We’re look­ing for core vol­un­teers to drive it, to do ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘Once it’s up and run­ning, it will tick over like any vol­un­teer group.’’

RICKY WIL­SON/STUFF

Pic­ton Re­source Cen­tre com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor Nicci Neil­son at Beach Rd Re­serve where the new gar­den will go.

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