Hervey Bay's Girl Guides will soon be hard at work on their new garden thanks to local donations. Kailey Edwards, Sharon Hay, Holly Ibesen and Lara Wickham.
Hervey Bay's Girl Guides will soon be hard at work on their new garden thanks to local donations. Kailey Edwards, Sharon Hay, Holly Ibesen and Lara Wickham. Joshuah Buckle

Guides start digging for their next badges

HERVEY Bay's Girl Guides will soon get their hands dirty after donations start to pour in for their new garden.

Last week Hervey Bay district manager for Girl Guides Sharon Hay put out a call to locals for their support in building a new garden on the group's grounds to help with their new environment badge.

"We had a new path put in thanks to Epic Community Grants and that gave us some new space for a garden,” Sharon said.

"Each year Girl Guides Australia puts out a new badge.

"Last year it was Girl Guides go camping and this year it's all about working with the environment, so we thought we'd make use of the area that instead of it just being a flat area of dirt.

"I looked at the empty space that we now have and realised we really needed something.

"There was talk about getting some dirt and filling in the gap, but we decided to go further and build a garden.”

The project will help the local Girl Guides work towards their new environment badges, as one part of the criteria will be maintaining a natural habitat.

Possum Paradise nursery is donating a trailer load of soil, Hervey Bay Garden Centre is donating soil and once the group is ready, the Fraser Coast Regional Council will be donating a trailer load of mulch.

Residents have already started donating seedlings and seeds to the group.

"Around 30 girls will be helping on the project and we want to plant as many natives as possible,” Ms Hay said.

"It's not the biggest garden but it's good enough for what we need and the best part is that it's a blank canvas.”

For more information on the Hervey Bay Girl Guides or to donate, phone 0438 748 465.



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