Byford Glades Community Garden

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale used to be a mostly rural community, with many farms and horse properties.

Now the urban sprawl has reached even this once sleepy shire, with major housing developments more than doubling the population of Byford, and leaving many occupants with little or no garden space.

But you don’t need a garden to grow a dreamer. Keith Whibley and the members of the Byford Glades Residents Association dreamed of a community garden.

After approaching the property developers who supplied the land, and the local shire council and other government agencies for support, Mr Whibley came to us.

With the plans already drawn up and the site cleared, and all initial funding already expended, Mr Whibley turned to Byford & Districts Community Bank® Branch for help – after all, it is one thing to build a garden but quite another to sustain it.

Funding was granted to purchase a 6.2 X 6.2 garden shed and a 23,000lt water tank to ensure the survival of this wonderful community project.

Now residents can grow their own produce, and local children can learn the fundamentals of gardening.

Mr Whibley hopes the community garden will help build relationships with neighbours, educate and develop gardening skills, encourage healthy eating habits, develop a sense of belonging and promote community spirit.

Naturally, we saw the merit in that. Getting behind this grassroots project was a pleasure.