Council visits gardens
Last week saw the end of the school holidays, the beginnings of a new Food Forest in Chelmer Street and a visit to the Waitaki Community Gardens by Mayor, Gary Kircher, and the Waitaki District Council.
Gardens Manager, Sophia Leon de la Barra said, ‘‘We’re delighted to host the council and show them how the site and our work in the community has progressed in the last few years’’.
That progress included the recently completed tunnel house and the beginnings of the Food Forest, where Chris Manson was digging swales and a walking track in preparation for planting.
Council members were interested in how the Trust is working towards a more sustainable funding model and finding new ways to raise money and bring on volunteers.
‘‘Our volunteer programme gives more opportunities to more people,’’ Trustee Rob McTague said. ’’You can come volunteer in the gardens or get involved in some of the behindthescenes jobs and gain some new skills too’’.
The Council was able to walk through the gardens and interact with volunteers and people undertaking work experience.
If you’d like to be involved you can contact the gardens at: waitaki.community.gardens@