Byford Glades association digs in

Byford Glades association digs in

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Byford Glades residents association member Sylvia Whibley, treasurer Keith Whibley and president John Kirkpatrick are preparing to build the community garden in the Glades estate. Photographs – Matt Devlin.
Byford Glades residents association member Sylvia Whibley, treasurer Keith Whibley and president John Kirkpatrick are preparing to build the community garden in the Glades estate. Photographs – Matt Devlin.

Byford Glades residents association treasurer Keith Whibley was looking forward to getting a community garden up and running after the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council endorsed a sublease at its ordinary council meeting on October 12.

Mr Whibley, who had been working towards the community garden in Mead Street, Byford for two years, said he was now able to take the next step and apply for grants.

“I couldn’t get any money for it until I got that lease because you have to include a lease in all the funding applications,” he said.

“We’re looking for about $130,000 and I reckon I could just about cover it all with that, fencing, sheds, watering stations and garden beds.”

Mr Whibley said the garden would be accessible for everyone and would include some raised garden beds for people who had difficulty bending.

“It’s going to be a hub where people can come and have a look and if they don’t want to garden they can come and have a cuppa,” he said.

He said the garden would be open to anyone living in the shire.

“The block sizes of houses are so small now so it’s so important to have a community garden like this because people don’t have the room for their own gardens,” he said.

For information call 0405 626 312.