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Garden makeover plans for Newtown Community

May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

NEWTOWN people will have a sunny, grassy outdoor area at the suburb’s Community and Cultural Centre by the end of the year.

Plans for the outdoors makeover have just been drawn up. The project will be paid for by money saved by the centre over the years for building and maintenance, says Anna Porter, a coordinator at the centre.

The plans show seating, grass, and spaces to grow plants and flowers in the currently bare concrete area surrounding the building.

The community is helping to create the new space, says Miss Porter.

“Rather than getting in a contracting company, local people are helping. A landscape architecture student drew up the plans and the project managers are builders and landscape gardeners.”

The landscape architecture student involved, Thomas Mayo, says it has been a valuable opportunity for him to practise his skills.

“A lot of my study and personal experience of landscape architecture is purely through things like community led design projects and planting operations. I have been learning lots as I go along under the wings of the other people involved in the community.”

Coordinators Anna Porter and Anna Costley

The space will be open to anyone but Miss Porter imagines that it will mostly be used by the community centre volunteers, visitors or staff.

“At the moment if centre users want to enjoy the sun they have to sit out on the concrete,” says Anna Costley, another coordinator at the centre.

Still at the planning stage, the centre is open to the public’s thoughts about the makeover, such as installing art or ideas on what plants to grow.

So far they’ve had some novel suggestions like putting in a coffee cart or a trampoline, says Miss Costley.

Once the makeover is complete, gardening enthusiasts are welcome to help maintain the space.

“Maintaining the garden will probably be done by regular volunteers but anyone who enjoys gardening could contribute,” says Miss Porter.

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