Latest news June 2018
Inaugural Teddy Bears' Picnics
The rain held off as we enjoyed our first Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Garden at the end of May, and a second in early June in the Uniting Church auditorium, followed by a play in the Garden. In all more than 80 preschoolers from the local area had a great time with their favourite teddies and other cuddly soft toys during mornings of songs with actions, (including of course "Teddy Bears' Picnic"), the fun band "Wattas", picnic food, "follow the leader" and lots of general running around! Go to the Gallery for photos.
A group of Erindale non-profit organsiations and interested local people have started a new community garden on an 830sq m block of vacant land at 39 Comrie Street, Erindale - just across the road from Erindale Shopping Centre in the heart of the Tuggeranong Valley. In the media every day we hear about childhood obesity and unhealthy eating choices; disconnected youth; or isolated and lonely elderly. The aim of the garden is not only to grow vegetables and to encourage healthy eating; it is even more about building links between individuals and community groups in the neighbourhood, and developing a sense of "belonging" for people in the Erindale precinct.
Would you like to become part of our gardening community? There are many ways to get involved! Send us a message using the Contact form on this website.
We welcome interest
from individuals and organisations!
The garden of course has raised garden beds to grow vegetables; but it also includes a native and flower garden to relax in and for children to explore, and is designed to be wheelchair-friendly. The theme of the garden is inclusion.
What features are being constructed in the garden?
- 22 raised garden beds for vegetable growing; some beds designed for wheelchair access. 22 COMPLETE, FOUR MORE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
- Australian native garden and flowers with exploration pathways, sensory garden for people with disabilities such as visual impairment, or Alzheimer's; herb garden; children's play feature; bird feeders. Native plants growing well! Children's play structures and bird feeder all done!
- Covered shade structure for shelter, conversation, and barbecues. Roof now on, and seating under it!
- Utilities area including a secure storage shed, compost bins and workbench. Compost bins and workbench done; shed and floor complete! Compost is working nicely!
- Water. On tap!
- 1,000 litre water tank in place, and collecting rainwater from shade structure!
- Mesh fence and gates for security. All done!
Our garden community includes a range of local organisations and individuals from the area that encircles the garden site: members of the Tuggeranong Uniting Church congregation; people who use the Erindale Neighbourhood Centre; [email protected] Family Day Care; Koomarri; people living at the adjacent Kimberley Gardens units; and other Erindale residents. The ACT government licence to use the community-zoned land was issued for ten years from 1 May 2015. Construction of Stages 1 and 2 are now complete. Due to demand, four more raised garden beds are currently under construction.
What is the garden used for?
- growing fruit and vegetables
- educating children and others about plants, growing food, healthy eating and outdoor play
- sharing gardening knowledge and expertise
- informal mentoring
- enjoyment of outdoors and community connections.
Garden site before construction
Looking south east from Comrie Street Sept 2014
Garden site after construction Stage 1
Looking south east from Comrie Street October 2015
Garden growing October 2017
Looking north October 2017