Plot­ting for ex­tra sup­port

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Hopetoun’s com­mu­nity gar­den is ready for plants and a small group in charge of the project is look­ing for peo­ple keen to get in­volved.

With sup­port from part­ner Anita, Hopetoun builder Paul Fis­cher built gar­den in­fra­struc­ture that in­cludes a gazebo and sev­eral raised boxes.

He has also com­pleted a fence so young chil­dren can roam and play in the gar­den while pro­tected from the road.

Each Mon­day, Victorian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing stu­dents from Hopetoun P-12 Col­lege have helped Mr Fis­cher with build­ing.

His sis­ter Irene Kelly has helped him with chores such as spread­ing bark.

Mr Fis­cher has do­nated many hours of labour as well as re­cy­cled ma­te­rial to keep the gar­den fi­nan­cially vi­able, but his role is com­ing to an end.

“I’m a builder, not a gar­dener,” he said.

“I was happy to look af­ter the build­ing as­pect be­cause that’s my area of ex­per­tise, but when it comes to gar­den­ing, I don’t have much idea.

“I’ll leave that up to the green thumbs and those with more pas­sion for plant­ing than what I have.”

Ru­ral North­west Health ad­min­is­tra­tion team leader Ch­eryl Reid has also been get­ting dirt on her hands, help­ing with con­struc­tion.

Oth­ers have in­volved them­selves by prun­ing fruit trees in the gar­den.

Mrs Reid said she was now look­ing for peo­ple who would be in­ter­ested in hav­ing a plot at the gar­den.

“We want com­mu­nity mem­bers to take own­er­ship of this project and in­vest in their own lit­tle plot,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun with ev­ery­one work­ing to­gether to make the gar­den special.”

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