Garden provides common space

Keeping it green . . . Members of the Albany St community garden (back, from left) Linda Belli, Paul Gourlie, Harjinder Singh, Annol Singh, Gota Ito and (front, from left) Pia Hoennerscheid, Yuho Asaka and Megumi Hoshino celebrate on Tuesday. PHOTO: ELLA STOKES

A local community garden helping to bridge the gap between “town and gown” this week celebrated stage one with planting and harvesting.

The Kiora Peace Garden on privately owned land in Albany St was established in November.

The garden is overseen by Dunedin resident Paul Gourlie.

“We wanted it to be where students and city people can have a common place,” Mr Gourlie said.

It has an abundance of fruit and vegetable plants and is starting to include native plants.

Plants are grown in the ground and in raised garden beds made out of un-treated recycled pallets.

Mr Gourlie hoped that they would start getting the raised gardens into student flats and other buildings around north Dunedin.

Mr Gourlie said they were lucky to have had many plants and pallets donated for building gardens.

Anyone interested in being involved can contact Mr Gourlie on 021-260-8059.