The Alice Springs Community Garden is flourishing and community members are invited to a special open evening, 5-7pm Thursday 18th May, where life at the garden will be on display.
The Alice Springs Community Garden (ASCG) is located at Frances Smith Memorial Park, Burke Street, Eastside. Since 2010 it has come to be a thriving hub of activity with more than 35 personal plots, communal gardening plots, a mandala garden, and a cob oven. The community garden hosts regular working bees and community events, including the annual desertSMART EcoFair gardening workshop with Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia).
The Alice Springs Community Garden is managed by a volunteer committee with organisational support being provided by the Arid Lands Environment Centre. The garden welcomes new members and volunteers and has new individual plots available. The Open Evening provides a chance to see recent progress at the garden, as well as to celebrate the official opening of the Solar Pergola. Soup and drinks will be available on the evening, with music provided by local band Wiggle of Judas.
“The Arid Lands Environment Centre has been proud to support the Alice Springs Community Garden since it’s inception and we are excited to be officially opening the Solar Pergola which has been funded by ALEC, a NTEPA Grant, and the Bendigo Bank. This means the garden will now have access to solar power, and hopefully will be able to generate enough power to sell back into the grid,” said Jimmy Cocking, Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
“What we love about the Community Garden is that it’s a place for everyone. Gardeners include school groups, members of the multi-cultural community, people with disabilities, people who don’t have gardens in their own home, people who love gardening and people who love the community feel that the garden provides,” said Jimmy Cocking.
“With an Arid Edge Environmental Services Work for the Dole project continually making improvements, and the tireless commitment of the volunteer management committee and regular volunteers, the Community Garden is something that Alice Springs should be proud of. We invite community members to pop by on Thursday evening, grab a cup of soup, take a garden tour and listen to some great local entertainment,” said Jimmy Cocking.
To find out more information about the Alice Springs Community Garden please email [email protected], keep up to date via the ASCG Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AliceCommunityGarden/ or check out the latest news on the ASCG blog http://www.alec.org.au/garden_blog