ONCE a vacant lot with no purpose, the Goodwood Community Centre Garden has now grown into a thriving hotbed of fresh produce.
Established in 2006 by a number of inspired community members, the local garden recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special morning tea attended by Goodwood Community Centre staff, gardeners, volunteers and local residents.
Goodwood Community Centre Garden coordinator Alister Hope said a large number of people had been involved with the garden during the past 10-years.
Mr Hope said the morning tea was a chance to bring everyone together to celebrate the project’s achievements and share ideas for the future.
“The trees may be a little taller and some of the faces may have changed, but the aim of the garden remains the same – to support local people to work together to grow fruit and vegetables for the community,” he said.
“The garden has gone from strength to strength and is producing a wonderful amount of fruit and vegetables for the community.
“We’ve packed a lot into a very small space and many community members have given time to the garden over the years, with generations of Goodwood Community Centre children being actively involved in garden activities.”
To kick off the festivities and mark the 10-year milestone, original gardeners Isla MacGregor, Lucy Ware and Bridget Stewart planted a celebratory Tahitian lime.
Some of the garden’s highlights throughout the years have included the Goodwood Growers Project, the development of raised garden beds with disability access, a kids play safe area and the children’s orchard.
Mr Hope said plans for the future included the development of a propagation house in the children’s play area.
“The community garden has given people a place to enjoy and be a part of,” he said.
“I quite often get individuals walking by who want to stop and have a chat about gardening or ask me questions.
“There are so many individuals who have contributed time, money and garden items and we would like to thank everyone for their involvement and for those who keep a watchful eye over this special community space.
“For anyone who has an interest in gardening and would like to contribute to this valuable community asset, we always welcome new volunteers.”
If you would like to become a Goodwood Community Centre Garden volunteer, contact Alister Hope on phone 0408 894 803.
Caption: From left, Goodwood Community Centre gardeners, past and present, Isla MacGregor, Steven Ward, Bridget Stewart, Lucy Ware and Alister Hope.