Community garden is ready

Community: Reg Thom, Jang Prasitpun, Lasma Dingwall, Hellena Thom, Mark Elson, Kirsty Elson and Isla Elson with one of their veggie gardens.

Community: Reg Thom, Jang Prasitpun, Lasma Dingwall, Hellena Thom, Mark Elson, Kirsty Elson and Isla Elson with one of their veggie gardens.

Cleve's new community garden on North Terrace is now ready for the public to start planting. 

Volunteer gardening enthusiasts and some who are still learning have been working toward creating the community garden and are now looking for more people to make their mark by planting their own fruit, vegetables or herbs.

The Cleve community garden at Wittwer Park came about after the Cleve District Council conducted a community survey.

The survey found the community had a need and desire for a community-based project.

The council allocated $8000 in the 2016/17 budget toward the project.

A committee of green thumbs and some who are still learning has come together to plan and create the garden.

The not-for-profit group of volunteers has been planting fruit trees, vegetables and other bulb varieties in the garden but there is still room for more.

A lot of development will be occurring throughout 2017, as the group works toward beautifying an area of the township that has been neglected for some time.

The group is looking to get more people involved with the community garden.

Group member Reg Thom said the community garden was a great way to get out and meet people.

“For people like me, it’s a great way to get out into the community and give back,” Mr Thom said.

“Since joining the group, I am starting the get to know people I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

“Like Kirsty and Mark (Elson), I knew who they were but didn’t really know them but now I do.”

Kirsty Elson, who is part of the group with her husband Mark and children, Kaelan and Isla, said it was perfect for children.

“My kids love it, they are always wanting to come down and work on the garden,” Mrs Elson said.

The group is awaiting the arrival of a shed, more raised beds and some tools for the garden, and will be fixing up the gazebo.

Jang Prasitpun said once they had done more work to the garden, it would be great for families.

“Once the gazebo is painted, people will be able to come and have lunch in the gazebo or have picnics,” Ms Prasitpun said.

For more information or to join the committee, people can call Bridget Johnstone on 8628 2004.