THERE was a huge turnout for the opening of the Baysie Community Garden with about 120 people coming down to the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club last Thursday.
The opening was a happy rebirth for the garden, founded by community elder Pat Lim, after a divided Bayswater council narrowly voted not to extend the lease at the club’s old Morley site.
Gardening legend Costa Georgiadis flew to Perth to open the garden, congratulating locals for starting what would become a “public therapy station”, growing healthy food and improving mental health by bringing people together.
“Each one of us, whether it’s here or at North Perth [Community Garden], we’re all part of a big movement at the moment,” he said.
“The movement’s about bringing people together, it’s about health and food and nutrition and mental health.
“Mental health is what people come to a place like this for, to sit out and hang out with their friends, their buddies.”
He called Ms Lim a “champion” and a changemaker for persisting with getting the garden up and running and said “this is the future of our community health. Community gardens are public therapy”.
Bayswater councillors Dan Bull, Chris Cornish, Sally Palmer and Alan Radford, who’d voted to keep the garden at its former home, attended the daytime opening.
Ms Lim says they’ve got dozens more garden beds to go in, so anyone’s welcome to come down and have a chat and lend a hand.
You can keep an eye on what the club’s up to at http://www.facebook.com/BayswaterCommunityGarden
by DAVID BELL