Council Grant helps a new garden grow

Clarence City Council has recently awarded nine community organisations community grants totalling $12,495 after the March round of their Community Grants program was decided. Projects as diverse as youth mental health programs, a mens’ shed and a community garden all received funding in the March round.

Clarence City Council has recently awarded nine community organisations community grants totalling $12,495 after the March round of their Community Grants program was decided. Projects as diverse as youth mental health programs, a mens’ shed and a community garden all received funding in the March round.

The Lauderdale Primary School Community Association will use its grant of $1,500 toward relocating and revitalising the school garden. The Association plans to create a vegetable garden with fruit trees at the front of the school, which will be further enhanced with the planting of native bird attracting shrubs.

Vegetables and fruit grown will be distributed to the local community and sustainable gardening practices will be used including composting, a worm farm and a rain water tank. Science will also play a big part in the garden with the installation of rain gauges and a weather station to monitor the local environmental conditions and students will harvest and save seeds for future use.

The Lauderdale Primary School Association hopes that the school community and the broader Lauderdale community will be encouraged to become involved through working bees and ongoing volunteering opportunities. In particular the intention is to involve interested residents of Roches Beach Living and senior residents within the local community who may be interested in working on the garden and passing on their experience and knowledge to the next generation of gardeners.

To find out more about other recipients in the March round of Community Grants and to find out how your community organisation can apply, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au/grants

 

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