Cottage falls for garden car park

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A cottage built in the 1850s was consigned to history on Monday as heavy machinery moved in to clear the section next to the Mataura Community Garden.
The community garden had secured funding to buy the section complete with the cottage so it could provide a car park for those visiting the garden to pick up vegetables.
Garden organiser Barbara Cunningham said the provision of parking was required as trucks and other traffic on Kana St, which was a state highway, sped past the gardens and it was a miracle no-one had been hit up to this point.
K2 Kontracting Ltd of Mataura, donated their time and expertise to demolish the old building, garden volunteer Matthew Lucassen said.
An old copy of The Mataura Ensign dated 1850 was glued to a wall in the hallway, he said.
Volunteer Fraser McFadzien said materials had been salvaged from the house, such as the windows, doors and some furniture.
Bricks were also removed for recycling.
Volunteer Jeffrey Taylor said a 25m by 10m parking area would be built on the section and it was hoped the new car park would have both an entrance and an exit.
The existing kiosk would also be moved to the section for convenience for those collecting vegetables from the garden.
Mr Taylor said the back of the new section would be used to grow more vegetables such as potatoes, which took quite a large area to grow.