Green fingered residents turn out for plots at Strathfield's first community garden

Nahrain John

There were lemon and avocado trees. Veggies and flowers.  Strathfield’s first community garden was officially opened this weekend, allowing green-fingered residents to plant their own small areas of earth.

The gardens, at Lakers Reserve on Elva Street, will serve as a first communal location for all things agricultural.  There will be events and training as well as growing, so even those who missed out on a plot will be able to share and take part.

Opening the garden with a ribbon cutting, Mayor Daniel Bott said a lot of hard work had gone into putting the project together by council workers and the community.

“This is a community driven project and a really unique facility for locals to produce healthy food, spend time outdoors and meet other members of the community,” he said.

The garden is divided by sections for communal planting and individual plots. Council kicked off with trees in the communal sections, including; avocado, lemon and pomegranate.

According to community garden project officer, Sue Stevens, people will be able to apply for membership of the garden from today.

She said up to 100 locals had already registered their interest and she expects there will be demand for more community gardens in the municipality. 

“There is a growing trend to eat local, fresh and chemical free food,” she said.  “In Strathfield we also have a lot of people living in highly density areas and in apartments, so this is a natural outcome of the needs of the community.

“This is a test or pilot, and we’ll see how it goes.”

People who have registered their interest will receive an email for an application request in the coming weeks.

Membership to the garden is $50. For access to communal areas there will be a fee of $50 or $60 for a family and an extra $50 charge for an individual plot.

For more information see the December issue of Strathfield Scene. 


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