View attachment 1265 This was in February this year, only a few weeks after the floods that come 1/2 way up the very TOP bed!!! We had only just really got a group of keen gardeners together - the original gardens beds had been started and tended for a few months by just one bloke! View attachment 1268 View attachment 1263 By April we were beginning to modify the garden in attempt to get away from the treated pine (ugh!) beds which were nearly impossible to reach into the middle of! View attachment 1266 By May we had been told by Council that unless we paid $6K for a 'Land Use Assessment' (with no guarantee of permission) we could not use all the space for a Community Garden! (Way to go, Ipswich, how on earth did we get Australia's Greenest City Award??) One of our members found a loophole in the rules which said that anyone could have a 'Kitchen Garden' max size 25 sq. metres! After much debate (and no little disgust!) we decided to scale down to a mandala-style garden. We've taken liberties with fruit trees as they are not veggies! View attachment 1267 By June we had a sculpture/sprinkler build into the middle of the garden - plumbed into the 2 x 20,000ltr tanks on the side of the community centre, and the garden is producing more than the 6 to 7 families that come and work on it once a week can eat! I'll add some new pics soon! Adie P.S Click on pics for larger version.