8 August 2023

Locals dig Rossville community garden

| Sarah Martin
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Brett Simon, Dr Chris and Guy Ousley working on the Rossville community garden.

Brett Simon, Dr Chris and Guy Ousley working on the Rossville community garden.

Rossville’s first community garden welcomed local green thumbs and vege lovers for the first time on the weekend (5 and 6 August).

The Rossville Community Garden is run by the Cape York Folk Club and dedicated volunteers at the site of the annual Wallaby Creek Festival, just south of the Lion’s Den Hotel on Shipton’s Flat Road.

Folk Club president Jen Midgley said the garden already had lots of tropical plants, herbs and spices, sweet potato and cassava planted.

“We’ve got a big swale garden down the side of the hill with heaps and heaps of stuff in there already,” Ms Midgley said.

“People can grow the things they like and pick from what is already growing, we have the most incredible land with the best soil ever, perfect pH and heaps of worms.”

The space was recently given a boost with more than $5600 in funding from the State Government’s Community Sustainable Spaces program.

“The grant will help us get a garden shed, posthole digger and motorised tiller and wheelbarrow and tools, as well as a workshop with Dr Wendy Seabrook,” Ms Midgley said.

The garden is open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 9am, with people from anywhere in Cook Shire encouraged to take ownership and get involved.

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