Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Business as usual at the Community Garden

The Derwent Valley Community Garden, off The Avenue
at Willow Court, New Norfolk.
THERE is no plan to close the community garden at Willow Court, Derwent Valley Community House chairman Matt Hill has told the New Norfolk News.

Responding to local speculation, Mr Hill said the garden co-ordinator was presently on leave and part of the area was cordoned-off due to recent flooding, but the large part of the garden was operating as usual.

"The Derwent Valley Community Garden is currently unmanned whilst our garden co-ordinator, Tracey, is on leave," Mr Hill said. "A small section of the garden was impacted by the sewerage spill on August 17 and that section will remain closed until TasWater has carried out their clean-up operation," he said.

Mr Hill said the remainder of the garden was still open to the public and anyone wishing to buy produce was welcome to do so using the honesty box provided at the shipping container in the corner of the garden. "Also, we are always on the lookout for volunteers and invite anyone who is interested to pop in and see Tracey when she returns from leave in a couple of weeks," he said.

The area affected by the TasWater sewage spill has been roped off and involves about six beds close to the front fence. "Some of those beds are empty and others contain herbs. The Market Garden has not been affected at all," Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill said the Derwent Valley Council was liaising with TasWater on the Community House's behalf and a clean-up operation is being arranged.


  1. Am curious as to where the sewage spill has actually come from? And how was this picked up by TasWater? And how is this cleared up? It's been quite a long time since the Lachlan River flooded and there was little impact on the Garden at the time.
    Very Curious

  2. There are two sewage lines quite close to the community garden. One runs along the bank behind the garden, and the other comes down from Willow Court alongside Frescati House. The ground in the area has been saturated in recent weeks, suggesting the problem was probably a leak rather than a spill.