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Volunteers roll up their sleeves to establish community garden in Spring Mountain

A group of hardworking volunteers rolled up their sleeves to create a shared garden for the Springfield Rise community to enjoy.

Working with the Spring Mountain State School P&C, the Springfield Rise Lendlease team took part in a special volunteering day where they painted garden beds, planted seedlings and fruit trees, assembled a shed and laid mulch to create a thriving community garden.

The working bee at Spring Mountain Community Garden is one of almost 100 national physical and virtual causes selected as part of Lendlease Foundation’s annual Community Day initiative.

Lendlease Head of Queensland Communities Ian Murray said Lendlease has a long history of volunteering, supporting and participating in local communities.

“It was great to see the Springfield Rise team working alongside Spring Mountain State School P&C, our contractors and other community partners to lay the foundations for a garden that the wider community can participate in and benefit from,” Ian said.

“Community Day projects are sourced and initiated by Lendlease employees, giving them the ability to choose where they want to lend a hand and where they can be most helpful.”

Spring Mountain State School P&C Community Garden Lead Cassie Boulter said it has been a collaborative effort to design and develop a community garden that everyone can work together in and enjoy.

“The garden is a place for the community to access freshly grown produce and plants,” Cassie said.

“Once it is fully completed, it will be available to the teachers from Spring Mountain State School as a space to be incorporated into the students’ learning.

“Thank you to Lendlease for offering their support through grants programs and the Community Day initiative.” 

The establishment of the garden was made possible through funding by three grants programs - Springfield Rise Community Grants Program, Lendlease Junior Landcare school grants and Ipswich City Council’s Minor Funding Infrastructure Grants, alongside in-kind support from Eureka Landscapes, Hedge Property Services, Coates Hire, Dulux, Bunnings Springfield Central and YMCA Springfield Lakes.

The next Springfield Rise Community Grants round will be announced in early 2023 – stay tuned to our Facebook page to be the first to hear about them!

Can you help?

We all know that many hands make light work. That’s why the Spring Mountain State School P&C is putting a call out to the community to help ensure the garden remains a collaborative space for all residents to enjoy. Whether you’re a local business that wants to sponsor a garden bed or a passionate green thumb that wants to get their hands dirty in the garden, find out how you can lend a hand by joining the Spring Mountain Community Garden group on Facebook.