Green regrowth

THE community garden in Morley shut down by the local council has found a new home at the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club.

Last year volunteers from the Bayswater City Community Safety Watch and Garden Education Inc created the community garden at Brand Place and were granted a peppercorn lease by the city.

But in June councillors Stephanie Coates, Michelle Sutherland, John Rifici, Brent Fleeton and Catherine Ehrhardt voted not to renew the group’s lease, claiming there was little community involvement and the site could be put to better use.

• Pat Lim and Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club president Steve Lay at the new community garden. Photo by Steve Grant

BBRC president Steve Lay stepped in to save the day and says he’s been wanting to have a community garden at the club for over two years.

The garden will be located on a disused bowling rink and volunteers have been busy moving over the 60-odd garden beds and planting hibiscus trees.

When we last spoke to Ms Pat Lim, the 84 year old behind the community garden, she was down in the dumps over being moved out of the Morley site, saying “the dream’s gone down the gurgler”.

“It’s heartbreaking, it’s nonsensical. I’m hopping mad, but I’m not going to let the anger overwhelm my joy for life”.

She’s bounced back after finding the new site, saying the bowling club spot’s “a dream come true”.

They’re holding their opening on August 31, but in the meantime they’re keen for any volunteers to come down any day of the week from 9am and help install garden beds, plant trees and get the site ready. You can follow their progress at the “Baysie Community Garden” Facebook page.

by DAVID BELL

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