Growing Glen Forrest Community Garden

​Pictured: Ash-Lee Parkin (back, centre) coordinated a day of family fun at Glen Forrest Community Garden.

If you strolled through Glen Forrest Community Garden earlier this month, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped into Fairy Land.

That's because a special school-holiday edition of monthly event Pixies in the Patch took place on Thursday 1 October, where little elfin folk were invited to put on their best pair of wings, play among the trees, and even make some farmyard friends.

A woolly sheep, baby goats, chickens, ponies and an alpaca for good measure, greeted little ones as they weaved their way through the garden.

While some sprites chose to plant seeds or get creative with arts and crafts, others made the most of free pony rides courtesy of Forge Farm Riding School.

Pixies in the Patch coordinator Ash-Lee Parkin said the occasion brought people together.

"I jumped at the chance to take-on Pixies in the Patch because it was an opportunity to give back to the community that I love and grew up in," Ms Parkin said.

"Our local community is surrounded by people of such good will and the garden is a happy patch of land, perfect for little ones to come together, build relationships and enjoy some engaging hands-on activities in the fresh air.

"Not-for-profit gatherings like this have the potential to lift community spirit and provide an opportunity for different generations to come together," she said.

Glen Forrest Community Garden treasurer Jenny Currell is part of the group of local volunteers who care for the garden, watching it blossom since its inception in 2013.

"It's grown just little bit by little bit but things like Pixies in the Patch show us the community is getting far more involved and more people know about it," Ms Currell said.

Over the years, the garden has played host to a variety of community events including skills workshops, long table brunches, a sweet potato auction and, just last month, a plant sale fundraiser.

"It's a nice space for people – every time you go by, there's someone sitting in there or just wandering through," Ms Currell said.

Of course, an ever-growing garden doesn't take care of itself. Ms Currell said the group is eager to welcome new volunteers and the good news is, you don't need a green thumb to join.

"It's not just about gardening," she explained.

"People think: 'I'm not a gardener' or 'I've got too much work to do at my own place' but there are different types of jobs that aren't gardening, which all make up a community group."

With an artfully designed pizza oven in the heart of the garden, the group is currently on the look- out for a volunteer to coordinate a regular pizza event.

If you're interested in this role or another volunteering position, get in touch via gfcg.org.au, email gfcommunitygarden@gmail.com or check out Glen Forrest Community Garden on Facebook.

To learn more about Pixies in the Patch join the 'Pixies in the Patch' Facebook group.

Contact the Shire on 9290 6666 or email shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au to discover a community garden in your neighbourhood.


8/10/2020
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