Gift of garden will keep on giving

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Garden gift...Northern Southland Community Resource Centre Chari table trustees Mike Kirkby-Sing, Andrew Crawford, trust commun ity co-ordinator Cara Colquhoun, trust chair woman Julie Thomas, trustee Sharon Miller, community garden co- ordinator Adele Woodford and Jason Tidey celebrate Lumsden resident Annette Free man’s gift of land to the trust where the town’s community garden is sited. PHOTO: SUP PLIED

Lumsden will continue to benefit from the generosity of one of its residents.

In 2006, when the Northern Southland Community Resource Centre Charitable Trust started a community garden in the town, resident Annette Freeman allowed the group to use the empty section she owned beside her house.

Recently Mrs Freeman gave ownership of the land to the trust and last week a plaque acknowledging her gift was unveiled at the garden.

Trust chairwoman Julie Thomas said the land was a wonderful surprise.

“We as an organisation, feel very humbled and extremely grateful for Annette’s generosity.”

Community co- ordinator support worker Adele Woodford co-ordinates the running of the garden and people interested in helping or learning gardening skills meet on a Tuesday afternoon.

“Adele, who organises the garden, and its members, ensures that there is fresh produce taken home every week for the helpers,” Ms Thomas said.

Unfortunately, Mrs Freeman could not attend due to ill-health but her nephew Jason Tidey, of Lumsden, unveiled the plaque.