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Seeds sown for garden project

A Bobcat clears trees for Grafton’s Community Garden in Queen Street.
A Bobcat clears trees for Grafton’s Community Garden in Queen Street. Debrah Novak

GRAFTON'S green thumbs will soon have the opportunity to dig into a new community garden.

A vacant block of land behind the Grafton Baptist Church is slowly growing from a disused paddock into a big vegie patch.

The project was created by Sandra Tyler, secretary of the Grafton Baptist Church. She said the community garden would encourage local individuals and families living in units to experience the great outdoors.

"I wanted to do something the local community could interact with," Ms Tyler said.

"The land is owned by the Baptist Union of NSW and it hasn't been used for a fair while.

"I thought the area would make a good garden for every- one to come and enjoy."

The Grafton Baptist Church has awarded Ms Tyler a $10,000 grant for the local project.

She said the long-term goal for the community garden is to create a relaxing atmosphere where residents are free to plant their own seeds and saplings.

Plans for the garden are currently being drawn and a final layout will be determined at a public meeting next month.

The official date is yet to be decided.

"The community garden will mostly be used to grow vege- tables, which is why I am en- couraging people who live in small houses and apartments to come and have a look at what we are doing on the land," Ms Tyler said. "This garden will be perfect for locals who do not have room for a garden at home."

She said she was excited to see the project get under way.

Yesterday, workers began clearing trees from the site.

The 132ft x 69ft block will be divided into separate garden plots which will be available for individual purchase through the Grafton Baptist Church.

Ms Tyler said a water tank, storage shed and gazebo would also be built on the site.

"I would love people to come to the community garden for morning tea or to get involved with the project once everything is completed," she said.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the establishment of the community garden can contact Sandra on 0417 090 879.

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