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The offical opening of the gardens was enjoyed by MP Harriet Shing, Cr Sophie Todorov and MP Shaun Leane with Helen, Robert, Phil, Cathie, Benson and Konnie from the Lilydale Community Gardens. 241648 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

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Lilydale officially opened its first community garden on Thursday 1 July, with dozens of people basking in the glorious sunshine outside Bunnings to celebrate the initiative. Yarra Ranges Council and the Lilydale Community Garden Committee started on this project three years ago to bring a modular community garden to Lilydale. The project was the first of nine revitalisation projects decided upon by Yarra Ranges Council because of its shovel ready status. Partially funded by the state government’s $2 million Suburban Revitalisation Program, the project received $55,000, with the council contributing $30,000 to make the plan a reality. Lilydale Community Garden Committee member Benson Bannon said he loved the idea of a community garden because they are like a community village. “Gardeners are friendly, they’re practical, they touch nature, they grow things, they share with each other the produce, they give each other tips on how to grow things, how to cook the stuff and all the community gardens operate that way and it’s just lovely,” Mr Bannon said. “So it’s like a little, mini village. And it is inclusive, there will be all sorts of ages, there will be families, there will be children, there will be people with different abilities and we’ll all just have a common interest in gardening.” Fundamental to the design of the modular garden beds was the use of sustainable, ethical and environmentally sourced materials. The timber panelling used and a specific watering system were carefully chosen to not only meet an environmental but also social sustainability standard. Continued page 3

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