2 ½ years ago, a group of local residents from Newcastle East set out to build a community garden in an underutilized part of the Foreshore Park, next to the Carriage Shed. With a grant from Newcastle City Council, the very generous help received from Ecoflex Tyre Constructions, and the enthusiastic support of local residents, Sandhills has become a beautiful garden sanctuary, supplying residents and visitors with herbs and vegetables. Of course, we use no pesticides or artificial fertilisers in our gardening!
The addition of a sensory garden, made possible through a grant from a local disability group, Leapfrog ability, provides visitors – including the visually impaired -with an opportunity to experience the aromas of a wide variety of scented plants and herbs.
The concept of these gardens has been designed to encourage the community to ‘pop in’ take what you need and leave the rest for other locals. It is always open and is constantly looking for new members!
The group and other locals have contributed their art, recipes and poems to create a beautiful 2010 calendar, which makes a lovely gift! All funds raised will go back into the garden and will help make Newcastle East an even more beautiful place to live and visit. You can purchase a calendar from the Greening Centre for $15.
We hold regular working bees on the first Sunday of every month from 2-4pm (or 4-6pm in Daylight Saving) – hope to see you there!