Community Gardens share proceeds of successful open day

The proceeds of a spectacular open day with special guest Costa Georgiadis have been shared from the Forbes Riverside Community Gardens through the community.

The Gardens on Saturday welcomed representatives of Forbes Toy Library, Forbes Town and District Band, Lachlan Valley FM 97.9, Forbes and District Lions and Forbes Rotary to morning tea, where they distributed the profits from the massively successful day.

Donations totalling $3000 were shared between the volunteer-run local organisations.

President Denis Irvine said it was wonderful to be able to support other small local community groups because the community garden itself had received similar support over the years.

The open day with Costa, who proved a brilliant special guest, booked out with some 500 free tickets snapped up prior to the event.

One of the big fundraisers on the day was a raffle with prizes including a big persons wheelbarrow loaded with goodies, and a child's wheelbarrow full of prizes.

Gardens' publicity officer Heather Moore said the group was grateful for the support of local businesses, particularly PowerTools Plus who donated the wheelbarrows; Acheson's Mitre 10, Walkers AGnVET and AgriWest who provided the prizes to fill them.

Saturday also saw two founding members of the organisation, Anne Hodges and Graham Falconer, honoured with Life Membership. The first to be granted.

Both have been part of the gardens since it began in 2012 and have helped to make the community garden what it is today.

Both Anne and Graham continue to actively participate along with other volunteers to maintain and manage the garden.

Forbes Riverside Community Gardens - located just near the Iron Bridge - is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 11am, weather and availability of volunteers permitting. Just look for the big yellow Open Sign.