Planting the idea

LOCAL green thumbs will be delighted to hear plans for a Muswellbrook community garden are growing by the day.

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Kirsten McKimmie and Tracy Ward are calling on anyone who may be interested in helping the concept take root.

Ms McKimmie was inspired to begin planning when she saw another town’s community garden.

“I just thought, ‘wow, that’s great, we need to have that in Muswellbrook’,” she told the Chronicle.

“Some people feel Muswellbrook doesn’t have that community feeling and we’re hoping to bring that to Muswellbrook.”

Mrs Ward was involved in the organisation of Denman’s community

garden and saw how rewarding it was for participants and its ability to bring people together.

The women said the garden will be for the entire Muswellbrook community – all ages and skill levels.

They are hosting an information evening at the Muswellbrook and District Workers Club next Tuesday, September 2, at 6pm.

Interested locals are encouraged to attend and put their hand up to be a part of the committee.

Ms McKimmie said there were currently no rules or guidelines for the garden – and it was up to the residents to share their suggestions and get behind the project.

“While it is a council initiative, this will be community-driven not council-driven,” she said.

They are hoping to have the first sod turned at the Sustainability Fair in late November.

The garden will be at Lions Park and council is currently working with Muswellbrook Lions, among others in preparation for its establishment.

“This is part of the Sustainability Street initiative which is funded by Coal & Allied,” Mrs Ward said.

Refreshments, including local produce, will be served at the meeting.

For more information, contact Kirsten or Tracy at Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3700.

GREEN REVOLUTION: Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Kirsten McKimmie and Tracy Ward are planning a community garden for Muswellbrook.

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