Here's a summary of how the Pop-Up-Garden went by Wendy.
The aim of the Newport Community Initiated Garden’s Pop Up Garden at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival was to give our local community an idea of the potential of the little pocket of land between the Substation and the bikecage that until recently has probably been regarded as wasteland.
We were inspired by Better Blocks in our endeavours and besides setting up a garden space that encouraged NFF visitors to linger (adorning it with community made bunting, plants, flowers, sculptures, hammock, tables, chairs, cushions & rugs etc), we engaged with local community groups to provide activities including a visit by the Loom Room’s Diprotodon, the Botanical Garden’s Childrens reading Corner, Scab Duty’s Great Wall of Waste, Transition Hobsons Bay’s Community Conversations (which covered sourdough, bee keeping, keeping chickens, aquaponics, street composting, ginger beer, edible weeds, backyard permaculture), a display of bikes (electric bike, cargo bike & bike trailer) and live music through musicians from a local church. The Peruvian Pan Pipers and the Seagulls both visited the space. We extensively publicised the event on social media and had over 90 RSVPs registered prior the event which ensured that a lot of people were aware that the Pop Up Garden was happening at the NFF.
Given the feedback we received during and post the event, as well as the attendances on the day, we felt the event had surpassed our initial aims and that we had created a lovely welcoming space that people enjoyed being in and that the local community had given their seal of approval to our community garden.
In 2016 we hope our community garden will have some plantings in place and perhaps the carpark space together with the garden could be utilised by the NFF as a pedestrian zone.
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