Social seed sown

HARVESTING the talents of green thumbs across the community, the 2014 Newcastle Regional Show's agricultural precinct will plant community gardens firmly in the action for the first time.

The agricultural precinct will feature five gardens - Ash Island, Tighes Hill, Belmont, Warners Bay and Morriset - and other garden-related stalls.

The Warners Bay Community Garden formed more than five years ago and runs from a greenhouse but aims to establish a permanent garden in Bunya Park, Eleebana. The group has more than 500 members, including 100 school children.

Member Patricia Jarvie said being involved in the garden had a lot of benefits.

"There's a great social aspect when you're part of a community garden, you meet so many different people," she said.

Her husband, John, said he looked forward to meeting fellow gardeners at the show.

"It'll be an excellent day to swap tips, share gardening secrets," he said.

■ The Newcastle Regional Show runs from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 2. The community garden display will include Ash Island City Farm, Tighes Hill and Habitat in Harmony from Belmont on Friday; on Saturday Warners Bay Community Garden and Yunung from Morissett; on Sunday Transition Newcastle, Permaculture Hunter, Nuts Stall and Beanstalk Stall.

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