David Hall, Ocean Shores
Thanks to Ray Sinclair (Echonetdaily 11.5.13) for a very timely letter about Shara Community Gardens in North Ocean Shores.
Two years ago the Lions Club kindly did the barbecue at the Shara Gardens opening day. In that first year we raised funds and got grants. Local tradies, professionals, neighbours and high school kids built a beautiful rotunda, put in swales, and planted fruit trees.
That ‘jungle of weeds’ is a very enthusiastic sweet potato ground cover, yielding a crop and improving the soil (I do upkeep on Thursdays to stop it taking over). Then the one-year licence ran out.
Council’s department of property and contracts has taken one full year to renew the licence. During that year we were not legally allowed access to the site.
So we didn’t proceed with putting in that vital infrastructure, the shed, and generally had to wait. We did weeding, put in some raised beds, made compost.
Then last month, we got a new three-year licence, and there’re still two years of it left! We’re back on track.
Interestingly, after the Shara Gardens opening you, Ray, told me we could apply to the Lions for a grant. We really appreciated that, but didn’t need it then.
Now we have just put in for some help with the shed. It’s up for consideration at Tuesday’s Brunswick/Mullumbimby Lions Club meeting. Very timely.