Community garden blossoms

FRESH: The Whyalla community celebrates the opening of a new community garden which will provide healthy alternatives for residents.
FRESH: The Whyalla community celebrates the opening of a new community garden which will provide healthy alternatives for residents.

From little things, big things grow.

A partnership between Housing SA and the HOPE Collective has resulted in the opening of a new community garden, with local residents to be involved in developing the space.

The patch of land located on Knight Street has the capacity to fit around 15 to 20 garden beds and will help provide the surrounding community with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Community Worker Lesley Maxwell said the garden, which was opened on Saturday with 50 people attending, encourages interaction between community groups and residents.

“We were talking to people about how they might be involved or what they could contribute,” she said.

“Once we get a decent garden patch we can start propagating from what we grow, and people can take it home and grow their own plants.”

Ms Maxwell sees the benefit of the community garden as being ‘significant’ for the community.

“It gives residents fresh choices. In this area there is a lack of fruit and vegetables, so teaching people how to grow their own helps foster healthy eating,” she said.

At this point the community garden doesn’t have fixed opening hours, but once those times are nailed down residents will be encouraged to come down and plant their own garden bed.

“We want the community to own the space,” Ms Maxwell said.

“We’re having conversations with different community groups about how they might use it for their own activities.”

So far five mature fruit trees have been planted in the community garden.

“We’re open to anything,” Ms Maxwell said.