Glebe residents invited to get their hands dirty

A group of keen Glebe residents are about to learn a thing or two about farming a vegetable patch, after the City of Sydney approved their application for a new community garden in Glebe.The 25-strong St Helen’s Community Garden Group wants to establish a series of gardens over 620 square metres around a community centre and library on Glebe Point Road.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City has already provided $10,000 to start the garden, which is located between two heritage buildings and includes vegetable patches with disabled access, a secret garden and an ornamental vegetable garden.

“We want to encourage people to get involved and enjoy the fresh and healthy harvest from their own work,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This is a great way to build community spirit and get the city on the path to a more sustainable future by educating residents about what goes into growing food.”

The garden uses an existing rainwater tank for irrigation a worm farm and compost bins. All fertilisers and pesticides will be organic.

Glebe resident Jan Macindoe said establishing the garden brought “people out of the woodwork” and offered the opportunity to learn from other green thumbs.

“I’ve lived here for 35 years and I know a lot of people. But I’ve met new people since starting the planning. I really enjoy that,” Ms Macindoe said.

Many in her community were interested in reducing “food miles”, the carbon used in transporting food from its source to those who consumed it, she said.

“People want to experience the taste of newly picked vegetables, get their hands dirty and learn a new skill,” added Ms Macindoe.

There are 19 community gardens already established across the City of Sydney’s local government area.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Catharine Munro.

Phone 02 9265 9102 or email cmunro@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.

Phone 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

part of the plan for the St Helens community garden
part of the plan for the St Helens community garden

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