Government support for public garden rooted in

(L-R) Councillor Kevin Allen, Daryll Smith and Karen Moulton from Coogee Community Garden, Councillor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, Councillor Phil Eva and Mayor Logan Howlett.
(L-R) Councillor Kevin Allen, Daryll Smith and Karen Moulton from Coogee Community Garden, Councillor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, Councillor Phil Eva and Mayor Logan Howlett.

GREEN thumbs will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of their own labour after a community garden in Coogee was given the green light.

The Coogee Community Memorial Garden will be located near King Street in Rotary Park’s south end and will feature both public and private space for growing organic food.

In November last year, a group of residents proposed a community garden to the City of Cockburn and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has now approved a lease for land.

Cockburn manager of parks and environment Anton Lees said the garden would have both environmental and social benefits for the community.

“Community gardens are places where people can meet, share and socialise with other residents and learn from each other,” he said.

“Being able to grow your own food also allows residents to live more sustainable and healthier lifestyles.”

The garden was inspired by Cockburn’s pioneer market gardens and gardeners and there are plans to include a commemorative statue.

A full concept design of the garden is being prepared, with stage one of the works expected to begin by November.

More news from around Perth