Moss Vale Community Garden has a new driveway from Railway Street to its entrance gates thanks to the generosity of Wingecarribee Shire Council. Until recently, access for vehicles delivering potting mixes and garden materials, or cars loading trailers with plants for sale at the local fund-raising market stall, had to negotiate a boggy, potholed and often slippery unmade pathway. Now, the new driveway has taken the anxiety out of the short trip from road to garden gate.
The Community Garden is a local not-for-profit association run solely by volunteers fundraising to continue the development of the Garden, and because a dedicated driveway was not high on the list of priorities due to the potential cost and competition for the meager funds we raise from plant sales from other needed onsite projects, it has been a great boon to us that Council has built the driveway for us.
An unintended benefit is that the driveway draws the attention of passing pedestrians and traffic towards the garden which is currently set back and, for some, difficult to locate. This, too, is about to change thanks to Wingecarribee Shire Councillors’ recent approval of an extension to the Community Garden boundaries. This means that the proposed new fenceline will extend down to Railway Street itself and allow the community garden not only the space to grow more organic fruit and vegetables, but also to have a physical presence more obvious to passersby. As the Garden hosts people volunteering via Centrelink and Volwing, as well as providing horticultural therapy for disability groups, it is important that it is easy to find.
The Community Garden committee wishes to thank the General Manager of Council, Council’s Environment and Sustainability department and the Enviro Levy for making this important contribution to the future development and ease of access to this community asset.
If you would like to find out what happens at Moss Vale Community Garden on Wednesdays from 9.30am and Fridays from 10.30am, why not drop in to see us. We are in Railway St, Moss Vale next to the public tennis courts. We welcome people of all ages, abilities and cultures and you don’t need any experience at gardening.