More hands make light work as garden flourishes

Published on Friday, 3 June 2022 at 1:44:19 PM

Nineteen pairs of hands made light work at the Wooroloo Garden for the community’s second busy bee on Saturday 28 May.

The garden, which is located next to Wooroloo Hall, is looking great after residents from Wooroloo and Gidgegannup volunteered a collective 87 hours ahead of the garden’s grand opening this month.

Shire President James Martin said it was fantastic to see residents come together to build a garden and space that the whole community can be proud of.

“Thank you to those who volunteered their time to bring this special project to life,” he said.

“The group worked hard over the course of the day from moving a trailer load of donated pavers, to creating garden beds, planting seeds and mulching, to installing drain pipes.

“It is envisioned that the garden will be used to foster social connections and build resilience through sharing fire and water-wise planting tips, and community gardening information sessions.”

Volunteers also moved 3m3 of rocks; edged all paved areas with limestone and besser blocks and pavers; cut IBC pods for herb gardens and spread 18m3 of gravel.

On Tuesday 31 May, 12 ceramic tiles created by the local mosaic’ing group were installed at the garden.

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell said positive feedback from the volunteers during the busy bee had been a heart-warming testament to what the project symbolises.

“Community members have expressed that volunteering on the project has enabled them to meet like-mined people,” he said. “It has also brought members of the community with different skill sets together and helped them heal.

“Volunteers have also said that the project has demonstrated that through adversity comes positive outcomes. They have felt satisfied from spending time outside working with others to create something for the whole community.”

Funded primarily by the Department of Communities Community Garden Program, the garden is a community-led initiative and is also proposed to be used as a quiet, reflective space.

The project also received additional financial support from Mundaring Community Bank and assistance from Parky Care.

Wooroloo Garden for the Community great opening

Shire of Mundaring residents are invited to the Wooroloo Garden for the community’s great opening on Saturday 11 June from 11am to 2pm.

Join a free Great Gardens workshop in the intimate setting of the newly created garden.

The workshop will cover:

  • Fire wise home and garden principles
  • Safe and effective weed control
  • Garden recovery after fire
  • Wicking bed gardening

A light lunch will be provided. Register via Eventbrite

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