Community Garden for the future

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Chillies, tomatoes, capsicums and lettuce have already been planted in the community garden. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A NEW Fiordland Community Garden will support future generations, its trust president says.

Fiordland Community Garden Charitable Trust president Andrea Staben said there was plenty of local knowledge in Fiordland and the community garden was a way to share this.

Important following this year’s events, it would also provide families with the knowledge of how to grow their own food, she said.

In September, the trust announced it had secured a location in the sports and recreational area of Te Anau’s Memorial Park.

Ms Staben said support from the community had been outstanding.

Tunnel houses were built, and fencing was being built to make it a safe area for families and children.

Chillies, tomatoes, capsicums and lettuce had already been planted in the tunnel house.

Ms Staben said the garden was about promoting community, developing social networks, and finding friendships.

‘‘It is intended to be more than just a garden space but a learning space, a meeting space and any produce surplus to requirements will go back to the community to support those in need.”

The Fiordland Community Garden Charitable Trust was given grants from the Southland District Council Community Initiatives Fund, Meridian Energy Manapouri Power Up Fund and donations from within the Fiordland community.

This included building labour, materials and financial donations.

There would be a a small blessing on November 27, with an official Harvest Festival opening to be held in autumn.

The blessing would begin at 5pm and include a barbecue.

Ms Staben invited those interested to bring a picnic dinner and have a look around.

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