Noah (from left) and Jac Gillies, Claire Rendall, Maggie John, Sara Ashdown and Anton Lix work on the no dig garden.
Noah (from left) and Jac Gillies, Claire Rendall, Maggie John, Sara Ashdown and Anton Lix work on the no dig garden. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

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INTEREST in community gardens has flourished across the Fraser Coast with another successful turnout at The Cottage on Saturday.

At least 34 people attended the Multicultural Community Garden at Peters Lane, Pialba, for the latest working bee.

Volunteers joined Transition Town Hervey Bay organisers and helped with sheet composting from 7am to 10am.

The founder of the environmental group, Maggie John, said the amount of interest in the garden had been unbelievable.

“It was amazing. I ran out of new membership forms.

“The timing is right; people are sick of chemicals in food.”

The working bee taught volunteers about sheet composting which, Ms John explained, is an organic method of preparing garden beds. There was also a really good trade table, she said, where people exchanged vegetables for donations and a small seed savers bank sold out.

The Multicultural Community Garden was resurrected at the start of the month when the first meeting was held. It opened in 2001 but volunteer numbers dwindled and it fell into disrepair.

Transition Town aims to bring it back to life and create somewhere people can meet, swap seeds and learn about new vegetables.

It is also hoped that by being involved residents will become less dependent on supermarket chains and more willing to grow their own food.



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