FROM THE GROUND UP

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

WIN­TER might not be the time of year when a gar­den is abun­dant with growth but what is avail­able at the Bright Com­mu­nity Gar­den is still am­ple for those in­volved. The gar­den, which is lo­cated be­hind the Angli­can Church hall, has been built up over the past three years thanks to a pas­sion­ate group of lo­cal peo­ple in­clud­ing Stra­han An­der­son (pic­tured).

WIN­TER might not be the time of year when a gar­den is abun­dant with growth but what is avail­able at the Bright Com­mu­nity Gar­den is still am­ple for those in­volved.

The gar­den, which is lo­cated be­hind the Angli­can Church hall, has been built up over the past three years thanks to a pas­sion­ate group of lo­cal peo­ple.

“It’s been great, there’s quite a num­ber of peo­ple who are now in­volved,” Stra­han An­der­son said.

“There was an ini­tial group who got it off the ground and then some oth­ers have come on-board in the last year and a half which has been great.

“Ev­ery­one is re­ally in­volved and does their bit for the gar­den when they can.”

Along with gar­den beds planted with sea­sonal fruit and veg­eta­bles, a food for­est has been es­tab­lished at the top of the block with orchard trees and un­der­storey plants.

There are also mul­ti­ple pri­vate plots for those peo­ple who might not have space at home but wish to grow their own pro­duce.

Two 22,500 litre wa­ter tanks, funded through by Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, pro­vide the nec­es­sary wa­ter sup­ply while swales have also been utilised to direct wa­ter runoff to gar­dens.

While win­ter is a much qui­eter time for any gar­den, Mr An­der­son said there were still some veg­eta­bles be­ing grown.

“In terms of pro­duce to take home we have some kale, broc­col­ini, cab­bages, sil­ver beet, broad beans and gar­lic,” he said.

“There’s a few other things planted but they won’t sprout un­til spring.”

The group will hold its monthly work­ing bee this Saturday from 10am to mid­day and any com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved are en­cour­aged to head along.

“One of our mem­bers works at the Alpine School at Din­ner Plain and re­cently brought some stu­dents down to do some weed­ing and a few other jobs,” Mr An­der­son said.

“She’s done that with other groups be­fore and get­ting more com­mu­nity groups in­volved is some­thing we’d like to do.

“Gar­den ed­u­ca­tion, pos­si­bly with stu­dents from the lo­cal schools is some­thing I’d like to do.

“Food brings peo­ple to­gether and this is a project we’d want to share with oth­ers.”

Mem­ber­ship of the Bright Com­mu­nity Gar­den is through Land­care and is $20 per year.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

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