Community garden finally set to bloom at Pearsall Hocking Community Centre

Community garden group members Roberta Dinnie, Emmerson Axiotis and Anita Axiotis.
Community garden group members Roberta Dinnie, Emmerson Axiotis and Anita Axiotis.

THIRD time is the charm for establishing a community garden in Wanneroo.

Local residents this month formed an inaugural committee to get the project off the ground, following two previous attempts to create the garden.

Committee member Roberta Dinnie said gated garden beds had now been laid in two locations at the Pearsall Hocking Community Centre and planting would begin soon.

“A project like the garden helps to bond a community whilst also providing support for families and singles that may be struggling,” she said.

“People supportive of the garden are living on small blocks and unable to have productive gardens, are living in retirement accommodation and lack space and physical resources, or are families that are struggling and would benefit by having access to fresh produce they helped grow.”

Ms Dinnie said the garden would provide the community with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as an opportunity to learn new skills in a social and productive environment.

“For seniors and semi-retirees it is a way to remain active and participate within the community, there are many single people of all ages that have no other social outlets and a community garden is an opportunity to make new friends, develop new interests and re-establish self worth,” she said.

“We will be hosting workshops on a variety of garden related topics and other events and activities will be held regularly to keep the community engaged and allow people to come and see what we are doing.”

The garden has been a collaborative project between the committee and Hocking playgroup members, with support from Gaias Organic Gardens and Bunnings.

To get involved in the committee or to sponsor the project, contact Ms Dinnie by emailing wnscomgarden@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/WNSCG/.

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