Lyndhurst Community Garden springs to life

GROWING WELL: Charlotte Faddy, Kiara Asimus, Albert Jenkins-Mason, Gus Djerke, Violet Jenkins and Charlie Clark.
GROWING WELL: Charlotte Faddy, Kiara Asimus, Albert Jenkins-Mason, Gus Djerke, Violet Jenkins and Charlie Clark.

With all the rain we've been having lately, veggie gardeners have been rewarded with a bumper harvest, and loads of weeds growing here, there and everywhere.

Established in October last year the Lyndhurst Community Garden, which is tucked away on the old block where the Lyndhurst Public School's school master residence once stood, was the scene of a very busy working bee in late March.

Under a cloudless sky the moist earth gave way easily to the shovels, hoes and rakes of the fifty volunteers that got stuck into the rich soil.

"It's part of the school grounds but is separate to it," volunteer Dean Platt said.

"Being the old residence it is fully fenced, next to the school and facing the street so anyone can walk in."

In late March, a team was busy filling five raised garden beds as others scratched away at the weeds, creating beds for the winter crops.

Others gathered the fruits of their earlier labours, a table of produce was groaning under the weight of the pumpkins that were collected.

In the paddock next door, also part of the school's grounds, sheep and goats are put to work keeping the long grass down.

The only thing lacking though are some chooks to go into the relocated chook house, and they're interested in any donations of chooks that are laying.

Donations have already come in from Bunnings who donated 10 raised veggie beds that will host a range of herbs and smaller plants.

With so much fresh food under production, the plan is that on the last Wednesday of the month produce boxes will be distributed to local families.