New Community Garden in the Hills

Hills Independent

After nearly 2 years of planning, The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville has proudly established a Community Garden at Conie Avenue Reserve, Baulkham Hills with the support of The Hills Shire Council, a Federal grant along with members of the community and local businesses.
Community gardens have shown to contribute to a better and healthier lifestyle by:
• providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables
• helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness
• getting people active to help improve overall physical health
• providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging
• giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking
• providing an inclusive meeting area where all interested people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences
The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville has been involved with running the Orange Blossom Garden Competition and the associated Open Gardens for many years. This connection led the Club to the question of how to broaden the involvement of the community in the pastime of gardening. Following in-principle support from the Hills Shire Mayor, Rotary consulted with the community about the possibility of establishing a community garden and it all progressed from there.
A grant under the Federal government’s Stronger Communities Programme was applied for in 2019 and subsequently the Club was notified by local MP, the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, that the grant application had been approved. The grant was used for required infrastructure to set up the Community Garden.
“Our Rotary Club has always given back to the local Community. Our involvement in the Garden Competition revealed an opportunity for a Community Garden given the increase in higher density living in the area. We believe that this initiative could benefit many in the Community for decades to come” said John van den Burg, President of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville.
With the help of generous donors including Bunnings Castle Hill, Turtle Landscape Supplies and Cooks Plumbing, members of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville along with interested community members prepared the site and built the garden beds. The Community Open Day on March 7th attracted quite a crowd and resulted in the first day of Gardening on March 27th with keen gardeners registering for 11 of the 14 garden beds and starting the plantings. The official launch will be on May 1st, 2021 with the Community Garden being our club’s project to mark Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.
Further information regarding this project, can be made to Keith Stapley, Community Garden Chairman 0412 079 014

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