Group plants seed for community garden’s future

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bunbury Community Garden Coordination Group members Jill Hester, Rachel Button, Pam Furey and chairwoman Helen Bennett discuss their new management plans.
Camera IconBunbury Community Garden Coordination Group members Jill Hester, Rachel Button, Pam Furey and chairwoman Helen Bennett discuss their new management plans. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

A group of keen green thumbs has saved the Bunbury Community Garden from being dug up and is planting the seed for others to get involved.

The newly-formed Bunbury Community Garden coordination group has taken over management of the popular plot after Bunbury City Council was forced to put out a final call for a curator to step in.

Bunbury Urban Growers convener and now group chairwoman Helen Bennett said the garden was too important to not keep alive.

“It’s too valuable a resource to lose,” Ms Bennett said.

“It’s important that it involves everyone as well, we want to include all of Bunbury, not just Withers.”

The garden is located behind the Withers Community Library and was opened in 2015 with the aim of it becoming a multi-purpose community hub.

It has a big open space with three big brick garden beds and a gazebo with seating surrounded by lawn and trees.

The area is fully accessible with all garden beds raised and joined by a wide footpath.

Ms Bennett is joined by five other garden enthusiasts from the Bunbury community and the group has big plans.

“We will hopefully have a mushroom workshop coming up soon ... we have a whole heap of things we want to do, community wise,” Ms Bennett said.

“It’s a fantastic space to get the whole community involved.”

The group also plans to be able to operate outside the library’s hours.

To get involved, email bunburycommunitygarden.bcg@gmail.com.

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