Ron digs ‘his' garden

AFTER two-and-a-half years negotiation and planning Ron Jurd is now counting down the days till the first plants sprout from the soil of the Yamba Community Garden.

With the hard work of his dedicated committee on the Wattle Park site, design by John Webber and Helen Tyas Tunggal, Lower Clarence Community Gardens Inc (LCCG) president said the first seeds and seedlings will be planted within a fortnight.

“We have purchased all the soil and mulch and once it is put in we will be ready to start planting in the communal garden,” he said.

A grateful Mr Jurd said the construction of the garden would not have been possible without a $50,000 Northern Rivers Foodlinks grant, and $10,000 from the Clarence Valley Council.

Without the generosity of the Australian rail track corporation, who donated 100 railway sleepers used to construct garden beds, Mr Jurd said building the garden beds would have been delayed.

“The site has been levelled, a filtration pond has been constructed and planted out, the dog fence has been erected, the shed has been erected and the water supply will be connected by council in the next week,” he said.

“The centre communal garden bed will be filled with soil and some of the other individual garden beds have been completed.

“A week or two weeks after the soil goes in it planting will be under way.”

The first seeds that will be planted include winter vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, beans and peas.

Mr Jurd said getting the community garden established involved a lot of hard work from his committee, and to see the project almost bearing fruit was very satisfying.

“We had a lot of problems early trying to get things moving, but once we got it moving we have done very well . . . we have done a lot of work,” he said.

“The whole committee have been working really hard; we have got a good crew.”

“Ros Higgins has got a lot of plants donated and planted out the filtration pond with water plants to filter out any nutrients that might get washed off the garden.”

If you are interested in renting one of the individual gardens contact Mr Jurd on 6646 3984.

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