Saturday, July 24, 2010

Coburg Community Garden Update - July 2010

Collingwood Children's Farm allotment gardens
We were under no illusions when we started that this will be a long, slow journey and unfortunately, as much as we may have hoped for something dramatic to happen early, we've taken small steps forward in our first few months. We're just plugging away, determined and undeterred.

After the Leader article in May, we enjoyed a flurry of enquiries and expressions of support (well, about 15) which was reassuring and they continue to come in a few months on. We've been contacted by people who want advice, others who want a a plot, some who think we're doing something worthwhile and some people who want to help.

Our project team has now grown from three to seven (which is fantastic). Along the way, we've added (to a couple of keen gardeners and a permaculture designer) some lobbying/campaigning experience, professional horticulture background, some public housing community garden experience as well as more keen gardeners.
  • We've met twice since May (meeting again next week) and we're gradually revealing each person's skills and experience,
  • We've established contact with Moreland Council and found that they are preparing a policy on community gardens (although what that really means we are attempting to clarify),
  • We set up a website for the project team to track tasks, communicate and share information - to help us get better organised,
  • We've been gathering supplementary resource material to support each of the various key "planks" of our case for community gardens. This will be useful if we need to prepare a formal proposal at some stage (this, I suspect, is almost inevitable),
  • The number of locations on our map has been growing,
  • We've visited a couple of potential locations.
We expect this will take time (possibly several years) to achieve.  If we want it to last, we need to do it right. In the meantime, we'll continue to post updates and items that we feel support our project or that may be of interest to people who share our goals. 

What can you do?
Want to get involved? Get in touch with us.
Send us anything you think might support our case.

Thanks for your continued interest and support.

Mark Sanders
Coburg Community Gardening