Project seeking new ‘garden warrior’
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 email@example.com.
‘‘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.’’
Picton Resource Centre community co-ordinator Nicci Neilson at Beach Rd Reserve where the new garden will go.