Established and budding gardeners are being called on to exercise their green thumbs at a working bee to revitalise the Singleton Community Garden on Sunday 22 September, just in time for its fifth birthday.
Your Organics Services and Singleton Shire Landcare Network have teamed up with the Community Garden group, local Indigenous elders and the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council to spring into a revamp of the community space on Bathurst Street, next to Albion Park, with truckloads of fresh compost, soil conditioner and more than 400 new plants from Singleton Landcare coming on the day.
Anyone is invited to come along and get involved between 10am and 2pm. Refreshments and a free barbecue lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
Mark Ihlein, Singleton Council's Director Planning and Infrastructure Services said the garden was a fantastic way to connect our community and bring people together from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds to grow food and learn more about the environment.
"Since it was established in September 2014, the garden has become a community hub for a range of activities such as learning and education, playgroups, arts and creative activities, cultural traditions, preparing and sharing food, and social gatherings," he said.
"It has been sustained by the hard work of dedicated volunteers and now just needs a little bit of extra love to be ready for spring.
"The plants from Singleton Landcare will be used to create a native bird haven and replant the bush tucker and indigenous learning circles, and compost and soil conditioner from the Garden Organics Service demonstrates how our waste from the garden organics bin goes back into our community gardens.
"The garden is a wonderful microcosm of the natural cycle at work and a great education tool for our community to learn more about our environment."
Mr Ihlein said the garden was also an important social space, and the working bee was a great opportunity for people to come along, learn more about gardening and chat to other people about their green ideas.
"The garden gives our residents the space to grow their own herbs, fruit and veg, as well as friendships and connections with other people who share the same interests," he said.
"The working bee is also a great way to give back, and of course as the old saying goes, many hands make light work.
"Green thumbs of all abilities and ages will be warmly welcomed and are invited to bring along their hat and gloves, enthusiasm, skills and tools on the day."
The working bee will be held at Singleton Community Garden at 46 Bathurst Street, next to Albion Park, on Sunday 22 September between 10am and 2pm. For more information about the event, visit Singleton Council's Facebook page (@SingletonCouncil).