Darby Street patch plan starts to sprout

READY: Members of the Darby Street Community Garden.

READY: Members of the Darby Street Community Garden.

DARBY Street will soon have its own patch of communal greenery among the hustle and bustle of city life.

A community garden will be established on the corner of Darby and Bull streets and is expected to provide a bounty of fresh produce for residents, as well as a peaceful place to relax.

Aromatic herbs and dwarf fruit trees will be planted, with information cards about their culinary use.

Darby Street Community Garden project manager Mark Tisdell came up with the idea after he designed and managed a laneway art work project next to Goldberg's coffee house last year.

With the street art setting the scene, Mr Tisdell submitted concept drawings of the garden to the local business association Darby Street Traders, which were delighted with the idea.

After applying for a Make Your Place grant, Mr Tisdell received $3000 from local urban renewal group Newcastle Now, to go towards the garden's costs.

Work on the site is expected to start this month with drainage swales to be installed along the lot's edges. The garden's second phase will involve the installation of irrigation, power fixtures and railway sleepers for garden beds.

With the basic utilities in place, the garden will be ready for the community to start planting in July.

■ Go to facebook.com/Darbystgarden for updates on the garden.

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