Soil & Health’s Project Gro funding enabled us to hook up a rainwater collection system to water the garden. We have turned a derelict block into a functioning garden, supplying food for us as well as for insects and the odd pukeko who likes to spread our nicely piled up compost around the garden.
We have working examples of different types of composts, companion planting and raised beds. We wanted a place for people to sit and rest and enjoy and see that gardening doesn’t have to cost lots of money. People now respect the place and we’ve had no incidents of damage or vandalism, just the odd beer bottle left lying around. Good to know that people are enjoying the place!
Monique Portegys – Manager, Community Business and Environment Centre at Bank Street Community Garden