Coun­cil vis­its gar­dens

Waitaki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - RYAN DUN­LOP

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:­mu­nity.gar­dens@

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