June 2020 news

Troubadours are having Folk music session in the Eco Garden on 1st & 3rd Sundays from 1pm during winter. $3 donation (which they donate to KEG)

Volunteer mornings – on Tuesdays for the time being – 10am – 12noon.  (current limits are 10 people which is not usually an issue – unless we have an event or guest speaker)

Repair Cafe – 3rd Sundays, 10am – 1pm – so Sunday 21/6/20 – in Kariong Progress Hall. See details in What’s On. NSW Health guidelines will be followed re limits on number of people in hall but we will make it work. Volunteers helping to repair your items (not electronics yet but all sorts of things – sewing, jewellery, small household goods, tool maintenance and bicycles.

Boomerang Bags – 3rd Sundays, 10am – 1pm – so Sunday 21/6/20 – in Kariong Progress Hall. Volunteers sewing cloth bags to reduce plastic bag use & pollution.

Weekend working bees in Winter: 2nd Saturdays, 11am – 2pm – so Saturday 13/6/20, soup provided for lunch. Bring something to share if you are able.

Sunday 28/6/20 marks the 15 year Anniversary of our “Conception” ie the day we were created by a Motion of Gosford Council. Shared lunch 12-2pm (subject to NSW Health limits in outdoor spaces)

April-May Retrospective

During the COVID-19 restrictions on movement and gathering, things have been quiet at the Eco Garden.  We have stopped our regular Monday morning volunteer mornings and only visited occasionally to feed the worms and give a little water when needed. The garden has been happily going wild.

Just before the ‘lock-down’ we had started dismantling the compost bays, made of recycled pallettes, along the back fence.  We moved them to their new location next to the water tank outside the Dandaloo St end gate.

In several two-person efforts, Norm Harris and myself worked on the new compost bay, using the pallette timber, corrugated iron and keeping a safe distance (we considered the task our exercise – allowed by two people outside).  Norm finished off the fronts of the compost bays, re-using the old gates.  We owe him a great thanks.

On 4th May we officially announced the Compost Bays open as a timely way to mark the beginning of International Composting Awareness Week.

We have also had regular visits from some locals who have been busy planting seedlings – thanks Nate! And whipper snipping, weeding and fixing our tap – Thanks Jason.  Other weeders I do not know by name but it has been lovely to pop in and see evidence of helpful visitors – and wonderfully, no damage worth mentioning.