Unearth community garden pleasures

BANKSTOWN Garden volunteers invite more to discover their hidden gem and help dig up a healthy way to develop community bonds at an open day in early March.
Visitors are invited to join them at the garden, located in the grounds of Bankstown Primary School (Restwell Street entrance), on the first and third Saturdays of the month, with the next on March 2, 9am-3pm, and check out all the highlights including the Lone Pine planted in 2005 with seeds bought back from Gallipoli, as well as the picturesque range of flower and gardens beds.
Why not make a day of it with a public barbecue area, picnic tables and a children’s play area nearby as well the neighbouring sports oval, and toilets not too far away.
Organiser Nancy Griffiths said the community garden provided a safe, inclusive and healthy space to be social, make friends and help build community cohesion and connectedness.
The garden offers people opportunities to share knowledge, experience and culture and also enjoy the results of a fresh harvest.
“We’ve been growing herbs and vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers and more and sharing them with the nearby primary school,” she said.
“It would be great to get some more volunteers here and we encourage people to check us out and sign up as a member.
“It’s a lot of work for just a few people but it’s very rewarding and nothing tastes as good as something you’ve grown yourself.”