Gates open on Redlands Coast Salad Bowl Community Gardens

SOIL was broken, seeds planted and the gates to the new Salad Bowl Community Gardens opened.

DIG IT: Redlands mayor Karen Williams, deputy mayor Julie Talty, Bowman MP Andrew Laming and Cr Mark Edwards get their hands dirty in the gardens. Photos: Tristan Davies

DIG IT: Redlands mayor Karen Williams, deputy mayor Julie Talty, Bowman MP Andrew Laming and Cr Mark Edwards get their hands dirty in the gardens. Photos: Tristan Davies

The Fielding Park gardens were opened by the Salad Bowl Gardens committee chairman Craig Luxton last Sunday.

Approximately 100 residents attended and 40 members signed up on the day.

The idea for the garden was first proposed three years ago and about one year of hard work and local sponsorship has paid off for the 4000 square metre plot.

The original committee comprised Craig Luxton and Daryl Bennett of Mount Cotton and Stephanie Eaton of Redland Bay. Craig Wilson is the project builder and hails from a Redland Bay farming family.

 The Redlands Coast Salad Bowl Gardens committee chairman Craig Luxton.

The Redlands Coast Salad Bowl Gardens committee chairman Craig Luxton.

The project includes large concrete pipes which have been sunk into the ground, areas of rock and soil and intensive irrigation systems.

The area is fully fenced and has already attracted great community interest.

Trees include avocado, citrus and a Redland Bay custard apple variety as well as passionfruit, gladioli and vegetables and herbs.

Garden costs are $35/year for members and $50 for an individual or family plot.

Anyone wanting to register their interest in the gardens can email redlandsaladbowl@gmail.com