Church gar­den thriv­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

The Union Par­ish Church won’t let John Mott’s vi­sion die.

Mott, who passed away ear­lier this year from can­cer, cre­ated the com­mu­nity gar­den out the back of the church on Pe­ria Road with the vi­sion the gar­den would pro­vide free food for the com­mu­nity in ex­change, if at all pos­si­ble, for gar­den­ing.

Re­cently var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing the Union Par­ish Ju­nior Church, as­sisted Mott’s widow Jan Mott in keep­ing her late hus­band’s vi­sion alive by weed­ing it and plant­ing veg­eta­bles.

‘‘That was an idea from within the church and I’m re­ally pleased with it,’’ she said.

‘‘It was good to see young peo­ple get in­volved.’’

She hoped they would con­tinue to help her ev­ery two months to six weeks.

She was al­ways look­ing for helpers.

She would like to have some peo­ple she could call on when­ever the gar­den needed a bit of work.

The gar­den con­tin­ues to pro­vide ‘‘beau­ti­ful’’ veg­eta­bles and herbs year round, even in the mid­dle of win­ter.

The church’s Rev­erend Me­tui Ta­funa and Mott started work­ing on the gar­den in 2011.

The ma­te­ri­als for the gar­den were gen­er­ously do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses. more

To vol­un­teer in the gar­den ring Jan Mott on 888 5588. Chris & Fiona Knee­bone pur­chased their Pana­sonic Heat Pump from Centi­grade Mata­mata & WON a Pana­sonic TV. Con­grat­u­la­tions Chris & Fiona!

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Re­cently the Union Par­ish Ju­nior Church spent the morning weed­ing and plant­ing in the Com­mu­nity Gar­den sit­u­ated out the back of the Union Par­ish Church on Pe­ria Road.

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