Gar­dens re­plen­ished thanks to re­sponse af­ter theft of seedlings

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By AMY DI­A­MOND news@tepuke­times.co.nz

The Te Puke Com­mu­nity Gar­den is set to once again flour­ish thanks to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

This was not the case a few weeks ago when some­one helped them­selves to the gar­den and stripped 200 let­tuce seedlings from their beds.

But the gar­den’s chair­woman, Julie Gray, says she was blown away by the num­ber of peo­ple who have come for­ward to help re­plen­ish the gar­dens.

“I can’t be­lieve the re­sponse we have got, es­pe­cially through Face­book,” she says.

Julie says staff at Bay of Plenty Ra­di­a­tor Spe­cial­ists of­fered to cover the en­tire cost of re­plac­ing the seedlings, but af­ter be­ing “in­un­dated” with more of­fers the lo­cal com­pany do­nated 50 plants and $100.

Mitre 10 Te Puke gave 110 plants, an­other mem­ber of the pub­lic do­nated a fur­ther 50 plants and some­one else in the com­mu­nity gave $40 to­wards the gar­dens.

Julie says the gar­dens would be com­pletely full again and wanted to thank ev­ery­one who has helped fill the gar­den beds again. The sil­ver lin­ing from the theft is that more peo­ple have also come on board to vol­un­teer their time to help­ing the gar­den.

“It’s amaz­ing to have more vol­un­teers, we will be tick­ing over nicely,” Julie says.

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Thanks to do­na­tions from lo­cals and busi­nesses the gar­dens will be com­pletely full again this spring.

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