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It’s time to get your hands dirty

28 Feb 2012

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By Callie Morgan

Docklands’ new garden is all but constructed.  It now just needs community involvement and it will be complete.

The new garden is on the corner of Geographe St and Keera Way in Victoria Harbour and is virtually connected to the nearby Victoria Green park.

The new space is quite sunny and protected from the wind.  So it should provide great growing conditions.

The garden follows a seaside theme with a large anchor standing in the middle, a rowboat sandpit for children and a number of wooden beach chairs.

One of the garden’s most attractive features is its horseshoe-shaped fire-pit that will provide a relaxing seating area for residents to eat their meals and socialise.

The fire-pit overlooks barbecue facilities, several vegetable gardens and a row of fruit trees. A sandy path winds around the garden and will provide residents with access to every tomato, orange, cherry and strawberry.

A small garden shed is being constructed at the southern end of the garden, which will house plants, compost bays and gardening equipment.

The project has been delivered by Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne and, so far, it is not clear how the garden is to be managed.

The City of Melbourne has advertised for a part-time co-ordinator for the garden and is yet to propose a management structure.  What is known is that the council and Places Victoria will be looking for the Docklands community to take ownership of the space.

The future of the garden is by no means secure.  If the Docklands community doesn’t show interest, don’t expect the garden to last.

A community planting exercise is proposed for Sunday, March 25 – to neatly coincide with National Neighbour Day.

Specific details were not available as Docklands News went to press.  We suggest you come on down on the day and see how many new neighbours you can meet.

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