Com­mu­nity ef­fort gets ben­e­fit gar­den planted

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - GORD STE­WART

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The gar­den crew, from left, Bryan Wood­field, Quinn Berry, Corbin Mor­gan, Ai­dan Lawrence and Jeremy Re­ich­muth.

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