Grant to help garden keep blooming

Garden committee member Eugenie Stockmann (centre) with Brightwater clients Frank Roelofs and Rhonda Leauy. d422017
Garden committee member Eugenie Stockmann (centre) with Brightwater clients Frank Roelofs and Rhonda Leauy. d422017

Their love of the outdoors and the satisfaction of tending to their crops inspired the garden association’s application for a State Government grant to help improve paths and access for all its 50 active members.

Garden spokesman Cisio Stride said the garden had received a $4000 grant that would help buy new pavers and banners to publicise its open day on September 21, when it hopes more paving funds will be raised.

But he is also appealing for donations of secondhand pavers that will eventually be used to improve accessibility for the whole garden.

‘One of our aims is to provide for members who are visually impaired or have mobility problems with a recreational and therapeutic gardening venue,’ Mr Cisio said. ‘Since inception we could only provide limestone paths and erosion is becoming evident. The grant will buy pavers for around the shed, compost bins and tea-making facilities.

‘As with all these grants members have to contribute a substantial amount of labour and materials.’

If you have pavers to donate or want more information about the garden visit www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Park-Community-Garden or call 0451 221 827.