Friday 20 September 2019
The Neighbourhood Garden''s Annual Spring Scarecrow Parade on Friday 20 September was a great success!
Featuring live music by the ever-popular ukulele band Wattas, about 90 children, a disability support group, and 35 carers, teachers and helpers enjoyed a sunny morning at the Garden. Some original and creative scarecrows were made by participants, many using recycled materials to build their entry.
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A group of Erindale non-profit organsiations and interested local people have created a 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 have been constructed in the garden?
- 22 raised garden beds for vegetable growing; some beds designed for wheelchair access.
- Australian native garden with exploration pathways is doing very nicely. A "bush tucker" bed is underway.
- Herb gardens; children's play features; bird feeder all finished.
- Covered pergola for shelter, conversation, and enjoying the view.
- Utilities area including a storage shed, compost bins and workbench.
- 1,000 litre water tank is in place, and collecting rainwater from pergola roof. Also mains water, with five tap points.
- Mesh fence and gates for security.
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; people living at the adjacent 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 was completed in 2015-16. Due to demand, four more raised garden beds were constructed in 2018.
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