Group gets its garden regrowing

AFTER high rainfall in December last year, the creek at the Gemfields Community Garden Group flooded.

The gardens were badly damaged and the organisation needed more than $6000 to repair the devastation.

Through the Join Forces program, the Gemfields Community Garden Group received a $6000 donation from Woolworths, with the remaining amount of nearly $300 met by a private donor.

Group vice-president Vanessa Murphy said the first stage was to remove debris, while the second stage was reassigning garden plots after the original ground-level plots were washed away.

"We built our gardens above flood level using stainless steel coal baskets, we built levees, planted fruit trees and planted our first vegies," Vanessa said.

"Our first harvest was fantastic with beautiful fresh vegies. We assist the community by running bingo during the winter months and we are also looking at gardening projects within our community to assist our local council.

"We still have plenty of hard work to do. We need to finish our boundary, to prevent damage and debris in future flooding.

"We have a very committed group of hard-working gardeners."

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