Garden’s aspirations become outstanding community achievement

Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at 12:53:04 PM

Wintery conditions didn’t deter residents from attending the first workshop in the newly created Wooroloo Garden for the Community on Saturday 11 June.

Thirty-six people from Wooroloo, Stoneville, Mundaring, Wundowie, Gidgegannup and Morangup attended the free Great Gardens workshop.

Shire President James Martin said the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those who came to celebrate their hard work over the course of the project.

“This has been a great project for the community to sink their hands into,” he said.

“Volunteers have dedicated many hours and worked hard over the past five months to make the garden a reality.”

Project help residents heal and feel connected

Feedback from residents to the Shire had included that the project had connected community members with each other. They also said it had provided a sense of community belonging and for some, it had helped them heal.

Cr Martin said it was fantastic to see that the vision for the garden come to life.

“The space was envisioned as a place for social connections to be fostered, offering the opportunity to build resilience through sharing stories and tips in a quiet reflective place,” he said.

“To hear that the garden is already fulfilling these outcomes is quite an achievement.”

Locals sink their hands into workshop

The workshop, funded by the Wooroloo Bushfire Community Recovery and Outreach Program, saw Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project share fire wise home and garden principles and field participant’s questions.

Attendees also had the opportunity to get their hands dirty when Rod Hughes from Perth City Farm and Leafcutter Permaculture, gave a hands-on demonstration of how to create a wicking garden bed from an intermediate bulk container (IBC).

Volunteer to make a wicking bed garden

Three more wicking bed gardens are due to be created. Interested residents are welcome to come along to the Wooroloo Hall on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm. However, the hall will be closed from 27 June to 15 July for improvement works.

Funded primarily by the Department of Communities Community Garden Program, the garden was a community-led project that could not have been achieved without the determination and dedication of residents.

The project also received additional financial support from the Mundaring Community Bank to provide outdoor blinds for the undercover area, and in-kind assistance from Parky Care.

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