Horsham Showground garden works start

THE start of a potentially huge garden project has kicked off at Horsham Showground.

Horsham Agricultural Society secretary Andrea Cross said the society wanted to do something to raise the profile of the showground and engage the community.

“We understand this is a community space,” she said.

“While we have the desire to improve the ground we didn’t have the financial capacity to do so.

“It’s no good asking government or council to help us, this is something we can be empowered to take ownership of my participation.”

Mrs Cross said the community could contribute by attending a working bee or donating on the project’s gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/3yscunac.

The project is being run in conjunction with Gj Gardner Homes, who have provided some money to start the garden.

Horsham schools have already got on board, with VCAL students at the site to start works on Thursday.

Mrs Cross said the first section of the garden, about 11 by 13 metres, would contain herbs.

“Herbs sell well and we want to be able to sell the produce to help maintain the garden,” she said.

She said as the society gained more support, the garden would grow.

“The area is huge, there is so much potential,” she said.

“It will be a feature of the showground.”

Mrs Cross said the plan was to officially open the first stage of the garden at the Horsham Leisure Roadshow on May 20.