Dear Plotters & Friends,
Watering has been on the agenda again as the weather has become warmer with less rain about. I would like to thank all the members who were at our first Working Bee in February for their tremendous efforts getting order back into the garden after our break from November. A number of Committee members were unable to be at the February working bee and I would like to thank Esther, Meagan, Inés, Helen, Bruce, Jessica and Rudi for their involvement on the day.
A warm welcome to some new and not so new members:
Plot 9 Justin Mitchell and family (new last year)
Plot 29 Fiona and Philip Sewell – Taskforce Weeds and Pests
Plot 30 Richard (Ryszard) and Joanna Maleszka pictured below meeting Diane Berner whom they will be joining on the Taskforce for Communal Garden 2B
Plot 39 Annette and Jeffrey Ross – Taskforce Communal Garden 2A
Plot 45 Dinny Decelis – Taskforce Communal Garden 2B
Members without a plot – Vanessa Morgan, Nic Justin and Paul Christie.
How we communicate
The newsletter is how we mostly communicate with our members. We aim for a newsletter each season depending on our volunteer editor’s workload. If you have an item or photo you would like to share in the newsletter, please send it in to email below at least a week before each season (Summer before Jan 1; Autumn before 1 March; Winter before 1 June and Spring before 1 September)
If you don’t receive a newsletter please look in your junk mail and if not there email:
This is the email used to contact Committee members.
Our Working Bees are on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 12noon.
There is a requirement that members attend at least 5 of the working bees each year. In the warmer months we have a BBQ after some of the working bees to give members a chance to catch up.
Working bees build our garden community and keep the overall garden maintained. That requires members to be on hand to assist Taskforce leaders with planting and maintaining the Communal Plots, weeding and mulching pathways, working on new building projects, managing the compost and conducting pest eradication work. The working bee is a time for you to work with other garden members on whole of garden maintenance. It can also be an opportunity to learn from others.
Please add the dates below to your diary.
Events including working bee reminders will be posted on Instagram – follow Cooperparkcommunitygarden.
Our taskforce leaders communicate with group members to let them know what needs doing in the communal plots. You will see a list of Taskforce leaders below.
The Cooper Park Organising Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month to manage garden matters. If you have something you would like on the agenda contact Cpcgoc@gmail.com.
Here is our Committee.
Recently there have been a couple of incidents in the garden – on one occasion three people jumped the fence and took produce and on numerous occasions the lock on the gate has been vandalised. If you see a stranger in the garden please introduce yourself and ask if the person is a member. If they are not members please accompany them around the garden and encourage them to go onto the website and follow us on Instagram.
Pease report any suspicious activity immediately (preferably while the people are there) to:
Torsten Blackwood (President)
Co-founder & President CPCG
Photo below: our pergola bearing fruit.