Providing some greenery in precinct

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The new Harbour Heritage Garden in Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct is beginning to take shape.

A group of volunteers have decided to resurrect Fleur’s masterpiece by giving her old garden next to the Loan & Merc a makeover.

Volunteer Lucianne White said theyhoped to create a touristy attraction for people.

“It will be a community garden, run by volunteers, members of the public and overlooked by people from the community gardens, but will be open for anybody who is willing to … do a bit of work and wanting to plant something.”

So far the soil has been laid.

“We’re hoping to have things in for the first school term and hope it will fit in with what schools are learning.”

Ms White said they were looking to unveil the garden in March.

“There’s an outdoor arts festival on in March and we are hoping to have a sculpture made by Donna Demente unveiled in the garden.”

The garden is about 27m by 4m.

If anybody would like to lend a hand, they can head down next Wednesday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm or the following Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – From left: Layla Balsink, 9, Iza Brazil, 8, Cynna Brazil, 10, Morgane Rieusset, of France, Sophia Leon de la Barron, Gloria Hurst and Lucianne White were busy upgrading Oamaru’s Harbour Heritage Garden near the Loan & Merc building in the Victorian Precinct yesterday.