Backyard offered for communal use

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:37 12/02/2013
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Kris Dando

SPACE GALORE: Julie Siegert in her backyard in Titahi Bay. She would love the unused space to be a vegetable garden for her community.

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Julie Siegert's backyard is too big and she wants the community to take advantage.

The Titahi Bay resident is offering it up as a communal garden.

"I know people are finding it tough out there and I have the space to grow plenty of vegetables. I put some plants in a few years ago and they took off, so I know it's great soil.

"I just want someone to get the use of all this space."

She does not mind what form the garden takes or who comes to tend it, she will allow access to her Opapa St property whenever it's needed.

Ms Siegert has owned the property since 1980. With a damaged hip and bad shoulders, the 71-year-old does not get around well, and the section is too much for her to manage.

"I'm embarrassed by how overgrown it's become but I've never been much of a gardener anyway, working six days a week like I did. It's a big section and it's just going to waste, I can't walk far or bend down."

Porirua City councillor 'Ana Coffey says there is a desire to establish a community garden in the Bay.

"There are definitely people who have the energy to do something like this. It's just a case of finding the right place."

Ms Coffey will pass Mrs Siegert's details to the right people.

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