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Volunteer Carol Scales was at the opening of the new Wooroloo Community Gardens on Saturday.

New garden helps heal fire-ravaged community

The grand opening of the much-anticipated Wooroloo Garden was a huge success last weekend with people coming from far and wide to take part in a workshop to celebrate the event.

The community gardens have been developed over the past five months thanks to volunteers and a Department of Communities grant of $6630, as a way to symbolise re-growth after fire ravaged the area early last year.

The gardens were officially opened on June 11 with the Shire stating the project had already started to connect community members with each other.

“The space was envisioned as a place for social connections to be fostered, offering the opportunity to build resilience through sharing stories and tips in a quiet reflective place,” Shire president James Martin said.

“To hear that the garden is already fulfilling these outcomes is quite an achievement.”

The workshop, funded by the Wooroloo Bushfire Community Recovery and Outreach Program, saw Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project share fire wise home and garden principles and field participant’s questions.

Attendees also had the opportunity to get their hands dirty when Rod Hughes from Perth City Farm and Leafcutter Permaculture, gave a hands-on demonstration of how to create a wicking garden bed from an intermediate bulk container (IBC).

The project also received additional financial support from the Mundaring Community Bank to provide outdoor blinds for the undercover area, and in-kind assistance from Parky Care.

By Rebecca Peppiatt

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