Community garden a joint effort

Members of the Bishopdale Menzshed, Dave and Lance, put together a planter box in the Monarch Community Garden.

Burnsiders will be able to lounge around and enjoy the sun in their new community garden.

The Monarch Community Garden on Kendal Ave sprang to life through the combined efforts of Housing New Zealand, the Bishopdale Menzshed, Clean Up Canterbury and several working bees attended by local residents and school children.

The land for the garden was donated by St Timothy’s Anglican Church in Burnside.

Burnside resident Jacqui Stringfellow said the idea for a garden came after it was brought up at a Housing New Zealand meeting.

“I think originally the residents thought ‘I love this idea but will it really happen?’ And I’m a very proactive person, so if you want it to happen, it’ll happen.”

She said the support from local groups and organisations had been “amazing”.

“All the working bees to get it all planted and sorted have been just amazing.”

“I went to drop some flyers around the area and people were like ‘oh my gosh, it really did happen’. So it’s really exciting for the community and people that have gotten involved.”

Bishopdale Menzshed member Richard Rendle said the group built and positioned the planter boxes, put together some old pallets to make compost bins and assembled a garden shed.

“The community benefits and Menzshed members feel they are doing something useful in their retirement.”