THE 30 units that make up the Inverloch Lodge development will be a better place to live after the establishment of a biodynamic, sustainable community garden.Situated in the middle of the complex, the garden is the brainchild of resident Elizabeth McIntosh, and includes a range of complementary elements such as a chicken coop, raised veggie garden and hothouse for the propagation of plants for the lodge gardens.
Last Sunday, September 15, the new community garden had its official opening and on hand to celebrate were lodge residents and representatives of the Rotary Club of Inverloch and the Inverloch and District Lions Club which helped establish the garden.While six contented looking hens scratched, pecked and picked around at the grass and vegetable scraps in their coop, Ms McIntosh called the assembled group to order and thanked all those who had made a contribution to the project. “It’s a fully integrated, biodynamic community garden with chooks, a worm farm, a composting facility, greenhouse and of course, the raised garden beds.” Ms McIntosh said the garden would provide activity and interest for residents as well as eggs and home-grown produce, once the garden became established. Already the six hens are dutifully laying six eggs a day! Herbs and vegetables have already been planted in the raised beds and are starting to come through. As part of the ceremony, Ross Wise, the Community Services Director of Inverloch Rotary and Ken Aly, President of Inverloch and District Lions, cut the ribbon to the new garden. The official part of the ceremony was followed by a musical interlude provide by one of the residents, Alan, on violin.