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Newsletter #8 | July 2022

When the world is chaotic, and so many are struggling, a garden can give us a quiet place to connect with nature and community.

 

Planting Day Hits the Spot!

Despite unfavorable weather forecasts, we went ahead with our first planting day at the Seaford Wetlands and managed to achieve our target of 1000 new plantings on the northern and eastern areas of the wetlands. Our thanks and congratulations to all the participants who made this great project possible - committee members Jack, Rory, Lisa, Kaarin and Nicole for planning the day; Rory, Tony, Jack and Zoe for drilling the planting holes the day before; Leanne and Ollie from Onkaparinga Council for bringing hundreds of plants from the council to subsidise our collection from Wollemi Natives, Trees For Life and Bunnings; Seaford Rotary for providing their shelter for the event and assisting with the planting; Seaford Woolworths for their generous donation of fruit and doughnuts for the planters; the rest of the committee, Nicole, Julia, Kaarin, Lisa, Wayne, Rory and Tony and most of all, the 50 or so people who came along to help with the project. We loved seeing families helping on the day with many young children getting involved with the planting!

Now that we are up and running, fundraising is very important. So we're holding another Seaford Bunnings BBQ and you are most welcome to join the team. Funds raised will go towards installing a shed, pergola and fence around the raised garden area, and essentials such as garden tools, first aid kits, signs and perhaps some of the extra features in the design map below.


Our next BBQ fundraiser will be on Sunday 14th August from 8.30am to 4.30pm at Seaford Bunnings

If you can spare an hour or two on this one we'd love to hear from you. Please send an email to us with your contact details and BBQ in the subject line and we will get in touch to match you with a suitable shift.


Our email is seafordcg@gmail.com.

 

Garden Design


A sketch of some of our ideas for the raised garden area. Thanks to Lisa and her family for the Smartdraw design!

























 

A huge thank you to Magain Real Estate at Seaford for their generous donation recently.


 

Membership - now is a great time for you to join!


To date we have 32 people who have joined as members of the Seaford Wetlands Community Garden and 15 applicants for raised garden beds. We expect this to grow dramatically once construction begins so check out the website and join now. Members will have access to the community garden plots, activities and workshops as well as being eligible to rent a raised garden bed. Membership is only $20/year for a household and a raised bed rental will be $80/year (including mulch, compost and water). If you have already joined this year your membership will remain current until 1 July 2023 and you will be given priority for an individual raised garden bed. You will find Membership and Raised Bed application forms on our website - see the link below.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Seaford Wetlands Community Garden and Biodiversity Project operating under the Mid Coast Sustainability Inc. acknowledges that we meet on the traditional lands and waters of the Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and respect their deep spiritual relationship with Country.

 

This project was seeded by

The Seaford Wetlands Community Garden is seeded by Green Adelaide.

You will find some excellent gardening advice on the Green Adelaide website

and in its newsletter online - just click on the link above for many useful resources

 
Our Committee

Our committee is Rory Fitzsimons (Chair), Kaarin Wilkinson, Nicole Fickling, Tony Watkin, Lisa Schuyler, Owen Symes, and Wayne Good. If you have any questions or ideas please contact Rory or Nicole via Facebook or our website. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wed 27 July.

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