Community effort gets benefit garden planted
It was a perfect example of community spirit and generosity.
It started with Ben Troughton, a young dairy farmer with a big heart. He reckoned Transition Matamata ought to donate a home vege garden to the benefit auction for Tamzyn Twidle.
Matamata Post & Rails, Daltons and Fleet Seedlings Hamilton were asked if they would donate materials, soil, and plants. ‘‘Yes’’ was their answer without hesitation. Gary Sadler stepped up at the auction, bidding $400 for the garden as a gift for his partner Angela.
The garden went in on a sunny warm day in late November. Ben arrived early to put together the wood frame and get it in place. Ravnesh Chand, Ag/Hort head of department at Matamata College, then rocked up with five strapping young students who quickly got to work.
They helped finish the framing, cleared weeds, leveled the plot, wheel barrowed in the awesome soil, placed the plants, and did the first watering. With their wonderful help it was sorted in no time.
Angela is thrilled with her new garden and the project helped in some small way to provide young Tamyzn with the support she so deserves.
The garden crew, from left, Bryan Woodfield, Quinn Berry, Corbin Morgan, Aidan Lawrence and Jeremy Reichmuth.