Access to the Moss Vale Community Garden has become a little bit easier thanks to the construction of a new driveway allowing guests better access to the popular community facility.
Located on Railway Street in Moss Vale, the local not-for–profit association is run solely by volunteers.
“Until recently, drivers had to negotiate a boggy, potholed and unmade pathway,” said Jill Cockram, Moss Vale Community Garden Coordinator. “But now, with the new driveway, guests can safely visit our Gardens in comfort.”
The new driveway was constructed with Environmental Levy funds and built by Council’s Operations Division.
“An unintended benefit of the driveway is that it draws attention of passing pedestrians and motorists towards the garden which is set back some distance from the road and has in the past, been difficult to locate,” Ms Cockram added.
The construction of the driveway follows the resolution from Councillors in mid-August to extend the boundaries of the Community Gardens to Railway Street.
The extension effectively provides the gardens with an additional 975 square metres of land of which some will go towards additional planting of fruit, vegetables and even a nut grove.
“Our organisation is extremely grateful for the boundary extension,” Ms Cockram said.
“Not only will it give us more space to grow our organic fruit and vegetables, it will also allow us to be more visible to the general public.”
The Moss Vale Community Garden hosts people volunteering via Mission Australia and Volwing, as well as providing horticultural therapy for disability groups.
Regular gardening bees are held every Wednesday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Fridays from 10.30am to 3.00pm and new gardeners are always welcome.
The Moss Vale Community Garden is located at 16 Railway Street, Moss Vale.
For more information visit www.mossvalecommunitygarden.org.au or meet the volunteers on site every Wednesday or Friday. Residents can also support the community gardens by purchasing their produce which is sold at the Moss Vale Markets, held on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Moss Vale Showground.
Wingecarribee Shire Council supports the Moss Vale Community Garden via its Environment Levy.