Winton garden springs to life
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.