Vege patch feeds community
Hundreds of volunteers picked up paintbrushes, spades and pitchforks to help transform a disused park into a vibrant community garden.
Volunteers from Bunnings Warehouse, police, Auckland Council, Mormon Helping Hands and residents all helped to clear rubbish, lay garden beds, plant trees and paint fences at Rollerson Park.
Bunnings chose the Rollerson Park project as one of four community led initiatives to give resources and manpower to.
Sergeant Jonathon Chappell from the Papakura East neighbourhood policing team says the aim of the project is to turn the unused park into a garden full of crops that will be tended to and maintained by the locals.
He says the park has been disused for a long time and the community has been very supportive about the idea of turning it into a garden.
Local resident Grahame Pealey is passionate about the Papakura community and is overjoyed with the transformation.
"The park was under-utilised. This gives the people of Papakura something to cherish and something to look forward to. Otherwise it's just going to waste."
Papakura Local Board member Brent Catchpole says it was a good opportunity to provide a great community facility.
A similar project on Redcrest Ave was a big success and continues to keep away troublesome behaviour and graffiti because there is always someone attending the garden there, he says.
"The whole area has just lifted."