27 October, 2022
Community garden planting ready
Sharing fresh fruit and veggies that have been home grown is a quintessential experience in the country.
Simply, nothing tastes better then a fresh tomato straight
from the garden, or a hint of fresh basil in your pasta.
Gilgandra, doing what they do best, now can share this
experience with visitors and residents alike, as the
Gilgandra Community Garden begins to shift dirt.
The Gilgandra community garden group, consisting
of 10 dedicated individuals, put together an expression
of interest to the council some months ago. When the
council responded saying the garden was serendipitous
to the Coo-ee Heritage Centre, the group knew they had
hit the jackpot.
“All the landscaping was coming along at the heritage
centre, and it seemed like it would align really well
because we wanted the garden to be situated just behind
stage near the centre,” said one of the founding members
“Dubbo landscaping offered us to grade it, and they
even left us some composting. Plus, Ahrens have
already given us three tanks that are from their site,
Mrs White said the idea for the garden was a joint
effort, and after a few years with limited human interaction,
she wanted to create a focus on health and wellbeing.
“Gail Babbage and I are mad gardeners, but we are
also very mindful after COVID-19, how the town closed
down and people were very cautious, and people’s mental
health suffered,” she said.
“We were mindful too of the way people were, how
no one wants to stand near anymore. Trish Henry also
had the idea and had been speaking with some of her
friends, and we came together to develop the idea. We
started meeting at the end of last year, and it’s all come
together really fast.”
The garden has potential to develop beyond the typical
community garden. There is word of garden boot
sales if there is glut, produce swapping meets, and decoration
competitions to get the preschoolers involved.
Mrs White said they organising committee really wanted
to have visitors welcomed to be involved, and inclusive
to the whole community.
“We know there will be campers nearby here and we
don’t mind if they pick a little bit, or if the kitchen at the
Coo-ee Heritage Centre use some. We also made sure
we use crushed granite around the garden so it is
wheelchair accessible, and some of the tanks are lower
ground so it’s easier for every one to access,” said Mrs
The garden tanks were laid in recent weeks, and the committee are already working on planting.