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Garden project supports Eden Valley bushfire victims

Garden project supports Eden Valley bushfire victims

The devastation caused to properties during the Eden Valley and Keyneton fires has prompted two local women to begin a mission to grow plants and repair

Ingrid Howell of Eden Valley and Sue Gelade of Gumeracha belong to the Blumberg Garden Club, which has jumped on board to help organise the Eden Valley Fires Garden Recovery Project.

The project aims to build a bank of garden needs such as fertiliser and mulch, compost, tools and plant guards as well as plants and seedlings to benefit residents who may have lost gardens to the fires.

Currently Ingrid and Sue, along with the Blumberg Garden Club are looking for residents with fire-affected properties to step forward and claim plants, which have been generously grown by 400 gardeners and resources, which have been donated.

“Five landholders have currently registered to receive garden resources and plants,” said Sue.

“We know that there are at least 55 landholders who are in need of these resources and we are calling on them to come forward as soon as they have the brain space to think about repairing their gardens.”

After seeing first hand the damage caused to gardens by fire trucks as they fought to save houses during the January fires, Ingrid and Sue felt compelled to make a difference.

“A garden has a lot of time and care invested into it,” said Ingrid.

“We have been able to identify the heartbreak that comes with something that has so much love and energy invested into it being wiped out in one quick move.

“We understand the importance of gardening for general wellbeing because gardens are about soul.”

The Blumberg Garden Club, an informal group of garden lovers who meet once a month were approached by Ingrid and Sue with their quest to repair gardens around the fire damaged region and the idea to grow plants was suggested.

The idea was then taken to the next step when the group decided to source other gardening necessities such as mulch and tree guards.