The Garden members staged a very successful Open Day on 18 June. We had composting and worm farming demonstrations, face painting and scarecrow making for the children and the day provided an opportunity for members to talk to the public about the garden. We estimate that there were more than 50 visitors and several new members joined as a result.
The garden was delighted to receive a community grant from Westconnex to enable the installation of a new water tank and to produce promotional material for the Garden’s forthcoming Open Day. This will to allow the garden to minimise its use of potable water and maximise the use of rainwater to irrigate the garden. “We are pleased that Westconnex was able to support our project” said Community Garden Chairman Graham Stevens “We hope the tank will be installed soon so we can take advantage of the current wet spell.”
The Garden was awarded the Environmental Community Association award at the 2016 Canada Bay Sustainability Awards held on 23 June at the Phoenix Restaurant. The garden was recognised for its work over the past 12 months improving the sustainable aspects of the garden with installation of a water tank and new drip irrigation, the addition of a native bee hive, fostering organic principles, and involvement in the local community with open days and participation in the Concord Fair