ARARAT Neighbourhood House volunteers want residents to get "grubby hands and muddy wheels" in its new community garden.
Green-thumbed volunteers are construction the ANH Patch which is expected to open to the public in four to six weeks' time.
It will include a glasshouse, a quiet relaxation corner, raised and in-ground garden beds as well as all-abilities accessible pathways.
Volunteer Phil Hollis said people will be able to decide for themselves which part of the garden they use according to their own abilities, including those who are wheelchair-bound.
"There is no reason they shouldn't get grubby hands or muddy wheels," Mr Hollis said.
Neighbourhood House manager Lou Makin said people will not need to pay a fee to use the garden.
"We want it to be a really welcoming space," she said.
"We encourage the community to come along and take a part of the patch and use it for their own purposes.
"We intend to have fruit trees like plums and peaches.
"It's not a huge space but it does give people room to have some seedlings."
The House is currently seeking donations of second-hand bricks and pavers to construct the paths.
Other items include:
- large heavy pots,
- bench seating,
- old shelving/tables (for planting), and
- pea straw/sugar cane mulch/hay.
The House is also applying to have the Work for the Dole program involved.
Ms Makin encouraged anyone interested in helping with the garden's construction to make contact with the House.
"If they want to get involved that would be awesome," she said.
The House will also hold a public meeting on February 24 and Ms Makin invited the community to attend.
"We have an information session booked in to inform the community about plans for the new Governance Committee for Ararat Neighbourhood House.," she said.
"This meeting is scheduled for Monday 24 February, 5.30-7pm and we welcome interested members of the public to come along. Light refreshments will be provided."
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