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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Groundswell of support blooming in Morisset

A community garden in Morisset is growing again, after 12 months of dormancy.

Yunung Community Garden, who’s name comes from the Awabakal word for “turtle”, was once a bustling and productive project.

But, COVID-19 bought all activities to a halt and garden beds were left empty.

“After almost a year without sufficient care, it was a real mess,” community engagement worker and lead gardener Chris Brown said.

“The weeds were chest high.

“Since last November we have been pulling out weeds, planting the garden beds and making the garden welcoming.”

Flowers are blooming, eggplant bushes are forming fruits and apple cucumber vines are heavily laden, thanks to generous donations of seeds, soil, and plants from the community.

“Residents are really keen to get involved and give back,” Mr Brown said.

“We recently hosted a group of 50 community members who helped us to plant more than 200 vegetable and herb seedlings into the gardens.

“They were so excited to get together.

“Yunung is a fantastic cultural asset, where people can connect and share their passion and knowledge with others.

“Sometimes people just need a little bit of encouragement to grow food at home.

“And, Yunung is a great place for people to have a go and make a start.”

As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, Mr Brown has noticed a marked increase in community members wanting to get involved.

“Now that we can get together in larger groups, we are getting ready to run free gardening workshops and events,” he said.

Community members tend to the garden beds Mondays to Thursdays and visitors are welcome anytime.

Upcoming events include Beginners Permaculture on 23 March; and Composting Basics on 7 April.

For bookings, phone Chris Brown on 0428 854 733 or find Southlake Community Services on Facebook.

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