Church garden thriving
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!
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.