2016 Media Releases

Willoughby is growing!

10 June 2016

Keen gardeners from across the community are getting involved in Willoughby City Council’s Time to Grow Garden Share project.

A joint initiative between Council and local residents, the Garden Share project is designed to link older residents who have extra space to share in their backyard with residents who are interested in gardening but don’t have a garden of their own.

As part of the project, members of the Willoughby Community Men’s Shed prepare timber garden bed frames that are then delivered to participating residents’ gardens. The beds are then assembled and filled with soil by volunteers from Chatswood Rotary so they are ready to start growing produce.

By joining the Garden Share Project, residents can:                                                                              

  • Learn how to garden and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Join monthly activities including gardening workshops and plant swaps
  • Connect with your neighbours and create a safer community to live in
  • Enhance your wellbeing and encourage healthy ageing

“The Time to Grow Garden Share Project is a wonderful initiative that promotes community development and health and well-being through social interaction, gentle exercise and knowledge and skill sharing,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. 

“I’m thrilled that this project brings so many different members of our community together, from elderly residents to community members from the Willoughby Men’s Shed and Chatswood Rotary, who volunteer their time and contribute valuable expertise in helping us grow a stronger community we can all enjoy,” she said.   

For further information, please contact 9777 7800 or visit the Dougherty Community Centre at 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.

Time to Grow is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Media Contact
Acting Marketing and Events Manager
Phone: 9777 7703
Mobile: 0455 061 700
Email: Samantha.Connor@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au