New Community Garden in Cambridge!

June 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

An empty piece of land that sits behind the Cambridge police detachment will become a little brighter this month when it’s transformed into a community garden. “We’re adding a park-like atmosphere,” said Waterloo Region Police Const. Jonathan Patten.

In about two weeks, the region-owned piece of land, which is located behind the Hespeler Road detachment, will be transformed into 20 garden plots. Residents who live in the area and don’t have a garden of their own or want a bigger garden, can rent the plots to grow their own vegetables or flowers.

The plots will measure 10 feet by 12 feet and will cost $20 to use every year. The money will go toward maintaining the gardens and toward purchasing tools for the public to use. Flower beds will also be planted to help beautify the gardens. In the future, Patten hopes to include a sitting area and a shed. Compost boxes and rain barrels will also be used to help make the garden environmentally friendly.

Initial concerns were raised by some residents that the garden may become an eyesore if not properly maintained. However, Patten said if one of the plots is not cared for, the owner will be contacted and given the opportunity to clean it or pass it on to someone else.

There are 40 community gardens in Waterloo Region, including seven in Cambridge.

Applications for the police garden plots will be available at the Cambridge detachment in about a week.



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