How you can be involved in creating a community garden

RESIDENTS who are keen to create a community garden in their township are being called for by the Gladstone Regional Council.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said Council was considering supporting communities interested in managing and operating a community garden.

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"Community gardens tend to be constructed on a single piece of land, typically Council-owned or controlled, and are gardened collectively by a group of people," Councillor Sellers said.

"The gardens serve to enhance community wellbeing and social cohesion as they draw people together over a common goal of growing fresh produce and recreational gardening."

Cr Sellers said there was a range of different models for the creation of successful community gardens, so Council's first step was to ascertain the region's interest and ideas.

"I support the concept of community gardens as these outdoor environments are known to nurture connectedness, encourage outdoor learning and share skills," she said.

"Community gardens can deliver a range of benefits in physical and nutritional health, mental health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, food security, social inclusion, education and training, economic development, cultural vitality and community resilience."

Interested residents are invited to complete an Expression of Interest form and return to Council by August 14, 2015.

The form is available on Council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/community-gardens or hard copies can be collected from Council's main customer service centres throughout the region.