Gardens replenished thanks to response after theft of seedlings
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.
Thanks to donations from locals and businesses the gardens will be completely full again this spring.