The results of the working bee..
Keep Australia Beautiful NSW - Sustainable Cities Awards Program,
Community Garden Working Bee,
Community Small Grants up to $5000.First yes that was an icy blast this week, the community gardens being on one of the lower points around town certainly felt the icy grip with a snap freeze hitting the last couple of days, any potatoes that thought they may poke up their new shoots quickly got reminded about how the cold affects any exposed vulnerable shoots, and that's pretty much the same thing experienced by mountain climbers on Everest, yep frozen and now blackened. Needless to say the decision to not prune the roses may also have been a wise one for fear of another snap freeze and the last thing we want is to lose any precious new buds. That task has been put off for a couple of weeks atleast. Anyway on with the news .......At weeks end groups and councils from across Sydney/NSW will come together to share stories/passions and their successes at the presentation dinner for the Sustainable Cities Awards Program at Mamre Homestead, Camden Community Garden will be in attendance with green thumbs crossed, this years president Steve Cooper was in attendance last year and has embraced the experience of being involved in this great program, this program is a great chance for all involved in any of the categories to be recognised amongst their peers and across NSW for their contributions, regardless of the winners on the night there are winners already, wether its the community groups or the individuals involved, many connections have have been made, friendships built, skills gained and community built. Follow the link for more info Sustainable Cities Awards.
The old bar and rainwater tank on right.
Rainwater Harvesting.So its certainly no grand scale, but the Community Gardens has made the first step towards supplementing its water usage, currently the gardens taps into town water but now the garden also harvests some water from the old barn. It is hoped that with continued development in the area further harvesting options will be investigated, i can say that the suggestion has certainly been raised.
Community Small Grants.These close on the 9th of August, for information you can view the funding guidelines and download an application form from community small grants program..