Erindale Neighbourhood Garden
2020 is a year that Australians are unlikely to forget. A summer of ferocious bushfires with tragic loss of life; destruction of homes and livelihoods; and devastation to wildlife and landscapes; was a widespread disaster.
And yet that was just the prelude. The entire world is now in a grim battle with something tiny: a virus. In a few short weeks, COVID-19 has wreaked more havoc on humanity than anything the mighty flames of the bushfires could do.
As was the case with the bushfires through summer with frontline firefighters, we are even now seeing the best of humanity - but this time in the form of the selfless courage and determination of doctors, nurses and health care professionals as they go about their business of saving lives.
But how we, people in the community, respond to this crisis is also of vital importance. "Doing your bit" using the simple tools of hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation will go a long way to eventually beating the scourge of COVID-19.
Erindale Neighbourhood Garden
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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.
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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.
We believe the garden is generating a range of long term benefits for the Erindale and wider community.
Garden site before construction
Looking south east from Comrie Street
Native plant walk