Community Garden idea takes root


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Community gardens bring people together

Gardener, Carol Vaughan, spearheading community garden idea

A group of citizens, spearheaded by Carol Vaughan of Wild Vines Landscaping, in Southampton are developing the concept of a community garden.

The group held a public meeting Tuesday night at Southampton's Town Hall and approximately 20 people attended.

Vaughan explained that a community garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people in order to have access to fresh produce and, in addition, improving a neighbourhood area, instilling a sense of community and providing a connection to the environment.

Although plans are just in the early stages, several people expressed an interest in the idea of being able to grow produce. "The idea," says Vaughan, "is to ask the town to donate a vacant piece of land which has gone unused and, in all likelihood, because of location, will continue to be unused."

While there are several tracts of land throughout the community owned by the town, the group would prefer to have one that is centrally located, as they are planning to encourage participation by students of the local public school, boy scouts and seniors. The current location suggested is the east side of the ball diamonds in Southampton, behind the seniors' Chantry Centre.

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It appears that there is considerable interest by residents however, there are those who raised concerns. Some homeowners, whose properties are adjacent to the proposed site, expressed some concern over the fact that the garden is not expected to be fenced.

One owner, said that he had lived on his property for 30 years "...putting up with dust from the ball diamonds blowing onto my property. I would suggest that if a garden is put in a fence should be built dividing it from our property." According to one attendee, she could not understand why, after 30 years, the owner had not already constructed a fence to alleviate the dust problem.

According to publications pertaining to community gardens, soil is actually protected and improved after amending and planting. In addition, only organic gardening methods will be used, including, no chemical fertilizers.

Although in the early planning stages, it has been proposed that each participant will plant and maintain his/her individual plot, with an overseeing co-ordinator. Each plot owner will be required to pay a nominal fee to cover small maintenance chores along with a proposed $5 a year fee for a tool shed locker.

Each gardening season will begin May 24th, considered the standard to begin gardening, and running through to, on or before, October 31st. For more information, ask at Harrigan's newly remodelled Red & White store on High Street in Southampton.

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