Win­ton gar­den springs to life

The Invercargill Eye - - A LENDING HAND - MARY WITSEY

In­ter­est in Win­ton’s com­mu­nity gar­den is blos­som­ing as busi­nesses do­nate prod­ucts and lo­cal peo­ple line up to lend a hand.

It’s only been a few weeks since the idea was given com­mu­nity board ap­proval but al­ready new wooden raised gar­den beds, ad­ja­cent to the Win­ton walk­ing track, have been con­structed, and Win­ton com­mu­nity gar­den chair­man Mark Tay­lor said he was pleased with how things were shap­ing up.

‘‘We wouldn’t have got this far with­out busi­ness and com­mu­nity sup­port.’’

Ir­win Mo­tors had pro­vided a dig­ger to level the site, McGre­gor Con­crete sup­plied the foun­da­tions, Craig­pine Tim­ber the ma­te­ri­als, Mitre 10 the tanal­is­ing and the plants, and Cald­well Builders had con­structed the beds.

It all fit­ted per­fectly with the aim of the com­mu­nity gar­den, which was to draw the com­mu­nity to­gether, Tay­lor said.

‘‘Now it’s re­ally like catch­ing a wave, we’ve got the mo­men­tum and it’s a great start.’’

Mitre 10 owner Craig Flynn, who had co-or­di­nated the raised bed project, said they were de­lighted to be in­volved. ‘‘Gar­den­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant part of our busi­ness so there’s a great syn­ergy there, while our val­ues are about be­ing com­mu­nity minded, and we just wanted to put some­thing back into Win­ton. We’re right be­hind it be­cause it will be such a great as­set for Win­ton.’’

Win­ton Lions rep­re­sen­ta­tive Juon Schoen said the Lions also sup­ported the gar­den project as a com­mu­nity en­deav­our.

‘‘The ed­u­ca­tional side of it is a big thing, teach­ing peo­ple how to grow some­thing.

‘‘Ev­ery­one can grow a let­tuce, this is about teach­ing peo­ple how to be more self-suf­fi­cient, and isn’t that a great thing?’’

Craig­pine Tim­ber sales ex­ec­u­tive Steve Shep­pard said they were happy to be in­volved.

‘‘It’s part of our phi­los­o­phy to help the com­mu­nity and if it gets kids in­volved, it’s a no brainer.’’

Trevor Cald­well, of Trevor Cald­well Builders, agreed and said it was all about peo­ple.

‘‘It’s a great project which will get the com­mu­nity to­gether – to be a com­mu­nity.

‘‘Whether it’s help­ing peo­ple, or teach­ing gar­den­ing to kids, I think the project has a lot of po­ten­tial.

‘‘I’m quite happy to be in­volved.’’

Win­ton Mitre 10 owner Craig Flynn, Trevor Cald­well Build­ing owner Trevor Cald­well and Win­ton com­mu­nity gar­den com­mit­tee mem­ber Juon Schoen.

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