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Is it time for a Belconnen community garden?

By Ben Faulks

Residents with real estate in Belconnen have some wonderful natural features right at their doorstep, including the gorgeous Lake Ginninderra. However, there seems to be one thing that we've fallen behind on: the introduction of a community-driven public garden.

These community gardens have proven a big hit with everyone from retirees. They present an excellent opportunity for the Belconnen community to foster connections with their neighbours, help bring a little more green to Canberra, and get fresh fruit and vegetables grown by their own hands!

The closest community garden to the suburb of Belconnen is that in Kaleen, overseen by the Canberra Organic Growers Society. Members pay a small levy per square foot as well as a $30 to $35 membership fee. The gardens make a point of ensuring that they use no inorganic fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides, instead relying on biodynamic principles such as predator insects and other natural ways of keeping the community produce free from damage.

Such an initiative would give those living in Belconnen apartments the chance to utilise their green fingers, as well as promote neighbourly feeling and cohesion throughout the suburb.

A Canberra-wide push

It isn't just local residents that have been enjoying the gardens, however, as the Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman announced a brand new community garden guide for Canberra.

"It is anticipated that this document will be used by community organisations wishing to establish community gardens in Canberra, as well as government officials in determining if proposed sites are appropriate," said Mr Gentleman.

Local institutions are also pushing toward green living, with many Canberra schools and local community centres offerings workshops and lessons on how to plant and maintain your own garden. With so many suburbs getting on board with the community garden, might it be time for Belconnen to do the same?

For more information on local Canberra real estate, get into contact with the experts at Ray White Belconnen today!

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