Parsley, rosemary and thyme … no sage that I can see. Connect Cromwell has started a project which is growing well in the Cromwell Mall. 

Cromwell’s first ever public community garden has already had lots of kindness shown.  Nichols Garden Centre has donated the first plants and compost, and locals have since added plants to this. 

Cromwellness, a new group looking to support people by proactively promoting health and wellness, has further donated six bags of beautiful black compost. 

Dan Scheilmair, Cromwell Connect Steering Group member, and other members have contributed some digging, and Central Otago District Council has provided the garden bed and hooked up the irrigation.

The garden is doing very well, and some herbs are ready to be snipped, so help yourself for the free edibles.  Take what you need, and no more.

The rest is up to you, the community, as the idea is that it is a garden for everyone to look after, water and use.

Connect Cromwell would like to hear from you, if you are keen to be involved.  If the project is successful, they reckon that it could be expanded – perhaps to greenways or streets, or further gardens in the Mall.

“This is the community’s garden for the community to look after. It’s a start and we hope it will be the first of many”, says Tania Partridge, Connect Cromwell Community Facilitator, adding “It would be amazing to see fruit trees in the greenways.”

Tania can be contacted on 021 826 427 or via email

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