07/05/2014

EnviroMentors Join the Community at the ‘Lost Plot’

Decorating compost bins
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During the Easter school holidays the EnviroMentors took part in Port Macquarie Community Garden ‘The Lost Plot’ for an event run by Port Macquarie-Hastings council.

The two weekends celebrated community spirit and spread the joy of gardening.

Through funding from the NSW Community Builders program, Port Macquarie’s Community Garden has become a place for creativity, agriculture and education to flourish. Community members of all ages came together to grow fruits and vegetables and learn about gardening and sustainable living.

Our EnviroMentor Jacqui ran several educational activities for the children that attended Family Day. Kids studied bugs, insects, soil and learned about worm farm investigation.

Following the success of the Family Picnic Day, Council ran a gardening event aimed at people with disabilities with up to 70 community members and their carers attending.  Representing KNSWB, EnviroMentor Jacqui facilitated some activities at Garden Abilities by helping locals plant a sensory garden and a potato patch in the garden

“The most interesting part about the garden is its ability to draw in a variety of community members from all facets of social economic backgrounds,” said Jacqui.

Local neighbours took part in workshops making compost bins and decorating worm towers for inclusion in the garden following the official opening on April 6. Participants had the opportunity to get their hands dirty by building their own miniature succulent garden to take home and decorate stone plant markers for marking crops within the garden.

Proud participants with their mini gardens

“The level of interest and enthusiasm by participants was inspiring, and a great indication on how the garden will continue to be an important factor for social connectivity in the future,” said Jacqui.

The Lost Plot community garden is open 7 days a week, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Locals can pick food, stroll through the garden, turn some dirt, or simply soak in nature’s beauty whichever they prefer.

Both community environmental events were a success for all participants involved. The projects had a strong focus on sustainable living while increasing connections between residents – truly a great way to celebrate community in a beautiful emerging shared space .

For more information visit The Lost Plot

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