Volunteers play crucial role in garden upkeep

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Community gardens are an important way to get people interested in living healthy lifestyles but people need to come and help out, volunteers say.

The Waitaki Community Gardens is run solely by volunteers, with the exception of the co-ordinator.

One of the gardens volunteers, Allan Adamson, said the garden would not exist without volunteers.

There was a small group of core volunteers but there were always others visiting to help out, he said.

Last week, a group from IDEA Services had a session at the gardens and they often had school groups and cub groups come in, Mr Adamson said.

Having a place for children to learn about plants and gardening puts youngsters on the right track, he said.

Waitaki Community Gardens spokesperson Gloria Hurst said community gardens were a great way to get people learning about a healthy way of living.

The main vision of the garden was education – people could learn how to grow plants to take back into their own home, she said.

Another volunteer, Gordon Martin, said one of the great things about this garden was that it was solely organic.

Gillian Cayford, who also volunteered at the gardens, said it was a lovely place to be, with wonderful vibes.

“I would encourage people to come up here.”

People were welcome to come along to the gardens at any point to help or just to have a look around, she said.

Public plantings would be held on Monday afternoons at 1.30pm.

For inquiries, phone the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park on 03 434 0999.

 

By RUBY HARFIELD