Singleton community gardens revitalisation

Landcare and community groups come together for community garden revitalisation

Singleton community gardens revitalisation

Landcare and community groups come together for community garden revitalisation

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The issue

The community garden group was in need of some help to maintain the site.  This was particularly evident in the Indigenous learning circle which was becoming overgrown with exotic grass and many of the native plants had not survived the drought. 

Singleton Shire Landcare Network runs workshops twice yearly on natural resource management topics of interest and was looking for a way to connect with more members of the community.  Upon meeting with the local Indigenous Elders group, and community gardens group, we realised that we could work together to revitalise this space which includes all aspects of sustainability.

This includes compost bins for recycling organic material, vegetable beds, orchard trees, an indigenous learning circle with native plants for food, medicinal, and traditional uses, and also a small native fauna habitat haven and a kids play area.

The solution

Singleton Shire Landcare Network and  Singleton Council's garden organics services teamed up with the Singleton Community Garden group, local Indigenous Elders and the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council to revamp the community space on Bathurst Street, next to Albion Park, with truckloads of fresh compost, soil conditioner, more garden beds, new water taps and more than 400 new plants.

Singleton Landcare provided the 400 plants that were used to create a native bird habitat haven and replant the bush tucker and indigenous learning circles. The Indigenous garden will provide traditional edible and medicinal plants that can be used for learning and education by schools and community groups.  The bird habitat haven measuring over 150m2 will provide a refuge and food source for small birds and other native species, enhancing the environmental value of the site.

Compost and soil conditioner provided for the vegetable beds and plantings comes from the Garden Organics Service, demonstrating how waste from the garden organics bin goes back into the community gardens.

The impact

Over 35 people from the community came together on Sunday, 22 Sept 2019 to take part in the Spring garden revamp, new and existing members and locals. Children, parents, grandparents got involved and their hands dirty on the day.  The garden is a fantastic way to connect our community and bring people together from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds to grow food and learn more about the environment.  This connection will be ongoing as the groups maintain the site and encourage more to get involved.

Key facts

  • A community space can be revitalised when groups work together for a common goal.
  • Over 400 plants were planted and being maintained and watered.
  • Sustainability in action brings together all ages.

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