Hopetoun community garden ready for planting

HOPETOUN’S new community garden is ready for the planting stage and organisers are looking for residents to get involved.

Hopetoun builder Paul Fischer built the garden infrastructure that includes an impressive gazebo and several raised boxes.

He has also completed a fence so young children can roam and play in the garden while protected from the road.

Hopetoun P-12 College students helped Mr Fischer with the building while his sister Irene Kelly has also worked with him on laborious chores like spreading bark.

Mr Fischer has donated many hours of labour as well as recycled material to keep the garden financially viable but his role is coming to an end.

“I’m a builder, not a gardener,” he said.

“I was happy to look after the building aspect because that’s my area of expertise but when it comes to gardening, I don’t have much idea/

“I’ll leave that up to the green thumbs and those with more passion for planting than what I have.”

Rural Northwest Health administration team leader Cheryl Reid has also been getting a little dirt on her hands, helping out with construction.

Other people have helped prune fruit trees that have been planted in the garden.

Mrs Reid said she was now looking for community members who would be interested in having a plot at the garden.

“We want community members to take ownership of this project and invest in their own little plot,” she said.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun with everyone working together to make the garden special.”

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