Cummins garden grown for community

PLOTTING: Cummins Community Garden members Emma Gale, Anna Whillas and Marcus Jutzen have their plants ready.
PLOTTING: Cummins Community Garden members Emma Gale, Anna Whillas and Marcus Jutzen have their plants ready.

A COMMUNITY garden has started sprouting in Cummins as a way to bring people together and reduce isolation.

The brain child of Mentally Fit EP community development officer Emma Gale, the garden will initially be set up as a mentoring and learning space.

Mrs Gale said the community garden, to be established at the CWA rest rooms, would be a place where members could come together and learn from each other.

She said she put a notice in the town newsletter to gauge interest in the idea and about 10 people turned up "really keen" to make the garden happen.

"We've got a solid team of about 15 now," she said.

"There has been a lot going on in the background, we have been doing a lot of fundraising but we've reached the target now that we need to make a start."

Mrs Gale said the group was still at the planning and design stage, but come early February they would be ready to start clearing the garden.

She said the plan for the front yard was to create a "for free" picking space with cottage flowers and herbs.

Establishing the community garden, which will include setting up a meeting and mentoring place and deciding what to do with the produce grown, is phase one of the project.

Mrs Gale said phase two involved expanding the garden to the vacant block next door.

"The Uniting Church owns that bit of land which has been empty for a long time and they have agreed to hold it for three years for the community garden to expand," she said.

"We will check in with them every 12 months to see how we're tracking."

She said the potential expansion of the garden would provide the room for community groups and families to establish their own plots to look after.

"But initially we want it to be a learning space, somewhere people can come and learn about gardening and share their knowledge," Mrs Gale said.