Com­mu­nity gar­den is for ev­ery­one

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

John Mott ad­mits he’s not a gree­nie by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion. He doesn’t talk to his plants – yet.

Com­ing into spring, Mata­mata’s com­mu­nity gar­den is full of veges.

Mott, along with his wife Jan and a band of merry helpers, have been run­ning the com­mu­nity gar­den for three years.

Mott said they try to plant a va­ri­ety of green vegetables. The gar­den, lo­cated be­hind the Union Parish Church on Pe­ria Rd, is for the en­tire com­mu­nity, not just those in need, Mott stresses.

‘‘We need to keep on re­mind­ing peo­ple that we’re here, be­cause there are peo­ple in town that don’t know we ex­ist.’’

The Mott’s and their helpers keep the gar­den fairly well stocked all year round. There are plenty of cab­bage, cauli, let­tuce, sil­ver­beet and even the odd herb to name just a few. Pota­toes will be ready in time for Christ­mas.

Mott and the com­mu­nity gar- den re­ceive a lot of support from Mata­mata busi­nesses. Mott said he and his wife get great sat­is­fac­tion in pass­ing that support back to those in the com­mu­nity.

Over the years the com­mu­nity gar­den has been ‘‘so suc­cess­ful’’. The gar­den has never been van­dalised, a fact which Mott is par­tic­u­larly proud of.

‘‘ We’re sur­rounded by re­ally beau­ti­ful peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. I’ve been hum­bled by all the support we’ve had over the years,’’ he said.

Veges that aren’t taken by the com­mu­nity are handed out to the var­i­ous agen­cies in­clud­ing the Food­bank.

The com­mu­nity gar­den is spon­sored by Kaimai Nurs­eries, Mitre 10 and the Ware­house, along with plenty more who of­fer support through­out the year.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

COM­MU­NITY GAR­DEN: John Mott, along with his wife Jan and a band of merry helpers, have been run­ning the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den for three years.

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