Chidlow community garden idea blooming

Greg and Linda Headley, Emmanuelle Daw, Jordan Tabb, Ana Daw, Jill Bowman, Yami and John Daw, and at front, Sharon Abrey and Ruben Rodgers.
Greg and Linda Headley, Emmanuelle Daw, Jordan Tabb, Ana Daw, Jill Bowman, Yami and John Daw, and at front, Sharon Abrey and Ruben Rodgers.

SUPPORT for a community garden in Chidlow is growing daily after two local teenagers planted the seed for the idea to blossom.

ABC Gardening Magazine’s Young Australian Gardener of the Year for 2014 Ana Daw (19) and 15-year-old Kieran Telfer suggested that an outdoor space to share would greatly add to village life.

Ana’s mother Emmanuelle said local people had responded positively to the proposal and the Shire of Mundaring was supportive.

“As the Chidlow Progress Association (CPA) was making plans for the village green at the time, we figured it was the right time to suggest a community garden,” Mrs Daw said.

“There is a great deal of interest from the local community and the CPA has taken the Chidlow Community Garden under their umbrella.”

Mrs Daw said Shire of Mundaring community engagement facilitator Tamara Clarkson had helped the group find a suitable location on the village green, opposite the Rosedale Road intersection on Thomas Road.

“We have a 20m x 40m space of cleared land to work in and are currently applying for a grant from the Department of Local Government and Communities,” she said.

Local businesses and community members are encouraged to get involved to support the project in different ways by providing tools, materials, seating and labour.

“We’re also hoping to find a railway carriage to use as a storage shed and shelter,” Mrs Daw said.

“This will tie in with the theme of the park, which is of the old Chidlow Railway Station.”

Work is likely to start in autumn next year.

For more information, visit the Chidlow Community Garden Facebook page or email Emmanuelle at emmanuelledaw@hotmail. com.