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One woman’s passion and vision has sparked an innovative community garden scheme in Tweed Heads.
The land for the Enid Street Community Garden is a private block rather than council land.
Coolangatta’s Kate Miller saw the need for a community garden in the Tweed area, but land is scarce.
So when an Enid Street house block in Tweed Heads came up for sale, she bought it with the view to allowing locals to use it.
Her plans for the block range from building garden beds to providing a space for beekeepers and supporting local school children.
Garden of plenty
One of the area’s few remaining hardwood Queenslander-style houses stands on the 973-square-metre block.
Kate plans to renovate the house to allow a caretaker to live on-site. Volunteers have started building garden plots at the front of the yard. Students of the nearby St Joseph’s Primary School will be allocated some of the plots to grow almost anything they like.
“They can do as they wish as long as it’s legal,” she says. The students planted strawberries as their first plants.
More garden plots will be built at the back of the house, as well as a couple of sheds. One will be similar to a men’s shed; the other will house equipment to help amateur beekeepers in the area.
Kate, who keeps bees herself, explains: “We’ll set up a bee shed where they can bring their honey boxes and extract their honey and then take their boxes back to their own hive.”
“That supports beekeeping without having to have all the equipment and it makes [a space for the] community where they can come and do it together,” she adds.
Growing the vision
Kate’s vision is that this is the first of many similar projects in the area. “I would like to think down the track this might become a model,” she says. “If there are people living in large houses with backyards, they might say to their neighbours who may be living in flats or duplexes or more densely populated buildings: ‘We’ve got some space in the backyard. Would you like to come and make a plot and share a garden and build that sense of community?'”
But why has she invested so much of her own money into this community project?
“I would like to think at the end of my life I’ve given something back to a community, and [this is] an area which I absolutely love,” she says.
“And I would like to make a model for our children that at the end of our days, we can look back and say what did we contribute; that’s all really.”
You can follow their progress on the Enid Street Community Garden blog.