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Accessible Community Garden in Walkerton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Plans to revamp garden to allow all mobility types access

Hopefully by next Spring, Walkerton’s Community Garden will be an accessible garden for all. 

Plans are underway to revamp the garden into one that will allow people of all mobility types to garden in it. 

The community garden, which took root in 2012 has almost tripled in size and still boasts room to grow.

The challenge however is the maintenance of the garden by those who rent plots.

Environmental Advisory Committee Chair Bruce Davidson says the problem involves aging gardeners who are struggling to conduct their share of the work required to maintain their plots as well as the pathways and common areas.

By transforming the Community Garden into an Accessible Community Garden, he says a lot of the challenges and difficulties will be eliminated.

Davidson says they plan to build new beds of various heights suitable for people in wheel chairs or those with mobility issues.

They also plan to level out a section of the garden and install a permeable surface to provide drainage as well as smooth dry pathway for those using walkers and wheelchairs.

Davidson says they will also replace the current water tank with more accessible water supply to make things much more ergonomic for gardeners.

With all these plans in place, all they need now is the funding to do this.

It is estimated the total cost to be about 30 thousand dollars and Davidson has high hopes this funding will be found.

At the encouragement of Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Davidson says they are making an application for a 20 thousand dollar capital grant from Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

If successful he says a substantial portion of the cost of the project would be covered.

He adds OPG has also indicated interest in providing a small grant.

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