Community garden bounces back from flood

8 March 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Community garden bounces back from flood|

THE Chigwell community has officially re-opened its all-abilities garden after it was washed away during a flood event last year.

In February, members of the community gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the new and improved Chigwell Gardens that have serviced the community for more than 10 years.

After experiencing major damages, the gardens received a $15,000 grant through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Partnership to restore the site.

Upgrades included new fences, all abilities accessible garden beds, a veranda, a mural, new soil and gravel, and electricity to the site.

Chigwell Community Garden project officer Conrad Gilbey said the new upgrades would help to better serve the community.

“The garden now has 31 raised beds, which have been designed to be more accessible for children, the elderly and people living with a disability,” he said.

“We want this to be a space where everyone can grow food and connect with other people in the community.

“Our hope is to reduce social isolation and increase connectedness in the community.”

Chigwell resident and long- term volunteer Steve Kelly said the new garden beds would allow him to garden for longer.

“I use a walking frame and the new raised garden beds will allow me to sit comfortably while tending to the garden,” he said.

Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie attended the re-opening after helping to secure the grant.

“The Chigwell Community Garden is such an important asset for the community through its various programs and workshops,” he said.

“Not only do people learn about vital gardening skills, but it’s also an opportunity for the community to come together and share their knowledge.

“The volunteers and team have done a magnificent job with the site and will prove invaluable in helping the garden continue to be a thriving hub for all community members to enjoy.”

The produce from the garden is shared amongst the community through the Bucaan Community House and a new roadside food stall.

The Chigwell Community Garden is open from 10am- 2pm Wednesdays. To find out more visit Bucaan Community House on Facebook.

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