An appetite to celebrate history in Glen Forest

Sonia Smart, Jenny Currell and Linda Hatton (back) with Kerry Hawkins and Theo Kalogeracos (front) and the Glen Forrest Community Garden’s new pizza oven. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d445115
Sonia Smart, Jenny Currell and Linda Hatton (back) with Kerry Hawkins and Theo Kalogeracos (front) and the Glen Forrest Community Garden’s new pizza oven. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d445115

MANY hands made light work when people came together to create a community garden complete with pizza oven.

With the ‘hard yakka’ done, volunteers will celebrate their result on Sunday, some 100 years since Smith’s Mill became Glen Forrest.

Bring a blanket, make lemonade and discover local history at the official opening from 3.30pm onwards.

Award-winning pizza chef Theo Kalogeracos of Little Caesars will prepare a secret new pizza to reward those who gave their time to the project.

Then from 6pm onwards, Nyoongar storyteller Noel Nannup will be in the garden to share his local knowledge.

Community garden volunteers expressed their gratitude to Wooroloo Prison Farm inmates, who built the oven foundation and assisted in the garden.

Community project assistance is part of a rehabilitation program for minimum-security inmates permitted to work away from the prison.

“Wooroloo is reintegration prison and ongoing community programs assist offenders with the transition back into the community once released,” a Department of Corrective Services spokesman said.

Volunteer Kerry Hawkins said the project had brought the community together.

“We drew on the expertise of local people, artists and gardeners; many people contributed to the project and donated, including Mundaring Concrete,” Ms Hawkins said.

Adults and children worked together to create a mosaic top for a preparation table next to the clay oven.

A wellbeing grant from St John of God Private and Public Hospitals helped towards the cost of the project.

The community garden is located alongside Glen Forrest Drive and Hardey Road.