I attended the recent Sustainability Festival (Sun 10 July, 2011) and it was well worth the trip. It’s a fantastic site and was buzzing with people. I took quite a number of brochures about sustainability and purchased a couple of books. The Garden Guardians by Jane Davenport and Eat your Garden, Organic Gardening for Home and Schools by Leonie Shanahan. Both beautiful books. The festival had information about all sort of things including organic wines, eco living, water tanks, chemical free house cleaning, and lots of information on bikes routes, walking and many more things.
The Coal Loader Community Garden which was part of the festival (2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton) was of great interest to me. The community garden meets once a week and follows environmentally sustainable organic gardening techniques and has shared communal gardens (no individual plots at this point in time). Harvest is shared among all. I have included some photos to show off the garden and activities.
They were well organised in regards to recycling, composts and worm farms.
They garden in a place where possum nets are needed.
I think the use of black piping and netting ensures that the nets recede into the background as much as possible so is still aesthetically pleasing which I think is important; particularly in community gardens or public areas.
The garden is well organised, neat and well sign posted, showing off many of the plants and activities in the garden to anyone who wanders through.
The gardeners were busy on the day handing out free vegetable seedlings.
I picked up some onions and lettuce.
They also have chickens in an area down the slop a bit in a well protected and safe spot.
It was good to see another community garden of such a high standard.
I will be keeping an eye out for next year’s festival.