Community gardening initiative
by Mike Isle
Growing produce in a hospital setting is an unusual project perhaps, but it’s a successful one. The Lincoln Envirotown Community Gardens, an initiative of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust, are located in the grounds of Lincoln Maternity Hospital.
“We are grateful to the Canterbury District Health Board for making the space available, and visitors to the hospital and others are most welcome to stroll or sit and relax in the pleasant environment,” says garden coordinator, Ruth Wood. “We have six raised beds which are used by various individuals and groups, for example, the Lincoln Kidsfirst Kindergarten, to grow their own produce. We also have two larger community plots where we grow vegetables to give away or to sell for fundraising.”
A small group of volunteers meets weekly, usually on a Thursday afternoon, to maintain the garden area and undertake various projects.
“In addition, we run workshops on Saturday mornings and held nine workshops this year on topics as diverse as apple tree maintenance and production, managing stone fruit trees, understanding your soil, composting techniques, an introduction to bonsai, backyard biodiversity, worm farming and the basics of vegetable gardening. These are very well supported and people from as far away as Rangiora and Ashburton come along to learn. We ask only for a gold coin donation.”
For more information contact Ruth Wood 03 325 2193 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Lincoln Envirotown Trust website lincolnenvirotown.org.nz.