It was a busy Saturday for Hinkler Lions members who spent the morning cultivating Gavin Street Community Garden in preparation for this season’s crop.
Hinkler Lions Treasurer Ross Ridge said it was one of the first working bees since COVID-19 restrictions came in earlier in the year, and many hands made light work.
Ross said it was a great turn-out of both Lions members and volunteers from local gardening groups, and he encouraged more participation in the garden from the local community.
“It’s a general clean-up of the garden to get ready for winter planting,” Ross said.
“We are changing the irrigation system to put in a drip system that will benefit the garden.”
Initially the garden was run in partnership between Creative Regions and Hinkler Lions with the Railway Hotel supplying the land and water.
Ross said the last time the working bee was held at the Community Garden was in February, because of COVID-19 restrictions.
All welcome at Gavin Street Community Garden
Gavin Street Community Garden was opened in August 2016 to give not only the Bundaberg North community but everyone in the region a chance to take part in growing and sharing fruit and vegetables.
“Hinkler Lions is now the caretaker of the Gavin Street Community Garden,” Ross said.
“Anyone can come in to harvest or weed the garden.”
As a Coral Cove resident Ross said he enjoyed the weekly trip over to Bundaberg North to visit the open space.
He said the Lions and Bunnings were the major suppliers of fertiliser, maintenance items and plants, and from time to time they had joint plantings with North Bundaberg State School and one of the local preschools.
“Our future goals would be to have more community involvement with the running of the garden,” Ross said.
“To have some information days and expand the garden area so there is more production and more opportunity for people to bring their own plants.
“We are about to do winter planting, and that includes cabbage, cauliflower and of course tomatoes and herbs.”
Anyone that would like to be involved can find out more information at Gavin Street Community Garden Facebook page.