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Community garden coming to South Invercargill

Source: stuff.co.nz

A community garden is set to start up in south Invercargill.

Community gardenElim Community Church Invercargill senior pastor Colin Morrison said he had been thinking about how he could use the block of land behind his church on Elles Rd to benefit the community for about 18 months.

The block of land, located on Ettrick Street, was about 0.05 hectares and was donated to the church by a community member for building extensions in years to come, he said. 

"It would be a waste to do nothing with this space in the meantime."

After several meetings with his congregation he decided to transform the block into a community garden and was now looking for people to help set it up.

A lot of work needed to be done to get the block ready for a garden. It would need to be dug out and new soil added before any planting could take place, he said.

The garden would be divided into small plots that were free for residents to plant fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers in, he said.

Anyone was welcome to use the garden, Morrison said.

"They don't have to be members of the church or even believers."

There was a great need for something like this in the community, he said.

"A lot of people don't have the facility to have a garden, but would like to have one."

Everything grown in the garden would go straight back into the community with any left over food donated to charities for food drives, Morrison said.

Morrison hoped the garden would be ready for public use by spring this year. 

Anyone interested in getting involved in the community garden should contact Colin Morrison on colinmorrison56@googlemail.com.