Rushworth Community Garden
A group of keen gardeners in Rushworth concerned about extreme weather impact on their backyards witnessed their exotic plants suffer and fail in the heat – exacerbating their sense of hopelessness. Concern also for local wildlife in escalating summer heatwaves led the community to wanting a better understanding of habitat, resilient plant species and local natural environment.
The community project began by revitalising what was a weed-infested site on the edge of town into indigenous wildflower beds. Every week the area became a hive of activity of weeding, pruning, re-planting and mulching.
The working bees brought the community together and built a sense of shared purpose and new initiatives emerged including a community food swap, home-grown produce and recipes, a seed bank, demonstration site and art resource for botanic drawing classes, natural dying and basket weaving.