Corowa welcomes the Bhutanese

September 07, 2017

Intereach Corowa Community Hub link worker Martin Clarke (sitting to the left) with Corowa residents, garden members and the Bhutanese visitors.

Corowa Tree of Life Community Garden Members Dave Sadler and Lynn Fredericks are happy with the donated raised garden beds.

Nine members of the Albury-Wodonga Bhutanese community visited Corowa last Wednesday and the first stop was the Corowa Tree of Life Community Garden.

The group enjoyed a morning tea of fruit and then admired the community garden, which is looking very green at this time of the year with silverbeet, spinach and herbs growing abundantly.

Corowa Tree of Life Community Garden Member Joan Palmer said the visit was two–fold as it allowed for the exchange of gardening ideas, as well as the opportunity for the Bhutanese to socialise.

“It’s wonderful to have them here today and learn about their community garden and swap ideas,” she said.

“They are all learning English and the best way for them to practice is if they use their English while talking to people in the community, so the visit is an extension of that.”

Intereach Corowa Community Hub link worker Martin Clarke said the visit was part of the Hub’s ability links program.

“It’s about building links with the Bhutanese community in Albury-Wodonga and so we are giving them a tour around Corowa,” he said.

“We will also be taking them to Rower’s Park where they can walk along the river, which we anticipate will bring back many memories of Bhutan for them, giving there are lots of mature trees down there for them to look at and remind them of their hometown.”

Meanwhile, members of the community garden are excited to receive two new raised garden beds that will benefit those with a mobility disability or people who have trouble bending over.

Corowa Tree of Life Community Garden Member Lynn Fredericks said Corowa resident Brian Stanger volunteered to make the raised garden beds after sampling the idea in his own garden.

“Because they are raised it will allow those with scooters or wheelchairs to come right up to the garden beds,” he said.

“It’s also great for those who cannot bend over due to having a bad back.

“We provided some repurposed timber and the screws and Brian donated his time and skills, which we are very grateful for.”

Fellow community garden member Dave Sadler said the raised garden beds would soon be home to lettuces and later on capsicum, carrots and beetroot.

“These garden beds fit right in and give residents visiting the garden some ideas for their own home,” he said.

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