Bounty of growing Community Gardens ripe for the picking

The Crookwell Community Gardens committee met with members of organisations who were pivotal in commencing the next step of their long-term project.

On Wednesday, June 19 the committee thanked the organisations who helped fund the fencing.

Officiating: Mayor John Stafford, Veolia's John Reynolds and BJCE Australia's Derek Powell mark the official opening. Photo: Clare McCabe

Officiating: Mayor John Stafford, Veolia's John Reynolds and BJCE Australia's Derek Powell mark the official opening. Photo: Clare McCabe

Newly installed at the gardens the fence defines the boundaries and is just a small part of a much grander plan.

The community garden committee and representatives from the local government and businesses officially opened the fencing yesterday. The fence, which defines the landscape, was funded in partnership with the Crookwell Progress Association and Neighbourhood Centre and Veolia and BJCE Australia.

Anyone can come and enjoy the gardens, Bronwyn Haynes, chairperson of the garden committee said. The project operates on an honesty system.

"We are truly focused on educating the community to get the most benefit."

Josh Reynolds, trust director at Veolia, said: "We're pretty proud of money we put into organisations like this."

The trust has contributed around $1.3 million to projects in the Upper Lachlan Shire in the last 14 years.

It was also partly contributed from Gullen Range Wind Farm's community enhancement fund. Derek Powell said: "We've tipped a bit of money into this... I know it's just a small part to get something like this off the ground."