Wallarah 2 Foundation donates $2000 to help San Remo Community Garden recover from break-in and theft of gardening equipment

BOUNCE BACK: Wallarah 2's Peter Smith, left, with John Carpenter at San Remo Community Garden. Picture: Supplied
BOUNCE BACK: Wallarah 2's Peter Smith, left, with John Carpenter at San Remo Community Garden. Picture: Supplied

WALLARAH 2 Coal Project has donated $2000 to help San Remo Community Garden recover from a recent break-in which saw thieves steal everything from power tools to toilet paper.

Public officer for San Remo Community Environment Projects, John Carpenter, said the break-in shocked and saddened the group.

"Our members were devastated on discovering the missing equipment," Mr Carpenter said.

"We're a small community garden that is utilised by many, and it was quite distressing."

Established in 2005, San Remo Community Garden is one of the oldest community gardens on the Central Coast.

"Our organisation benefits the environment by helping people come together to grow their own healthy vegetables pesticide-free, helping the environment to be clean. It also teaches people how to work side by side to share ideas about growing plants and making new friends," Mr Carpenter said.

San Remo Community Environment Projects chairman Andrew Clarke said thieves smashed through locks to gain access to the group's two sheds in McCrae Boulevard.

"They nicked our power tools - including a blower, and three whipper-snippers - as well as other odds and ends," Mr Clarke said.

"They even took our three-ply toilet paper.

"But then the Wallarah 2 people came to the party and their donation has enabled us to replace the stolen gear and also to boost our security. We appreciate their input, and all of the people who use the garden are fully appreciative of their help."

Mr Carpenter said the group was now more determined than ever to keep things blooming for their community.

"We appreciate the ongoing support of Wallarah 2 assisting with the replacement of the stolen equipment," he said.

"All of our members and volunteers are so passionate about the garden and this setback is just making them stronger."

Members and volunteers tend the garden and reap the produce for their own use, but also donate excess fruit and vegetables to the local community centre for broader community benefit.

Wallarah 2's environment and community manager Peter Smith recently met with Mr Carpenter at the community garden.

"It is inspiring to see such dedication and community spirit amongst the members and volunteers," Mr Smith said.

"Wallarah 2 Community Foundation is pleased to assist this very worthwhile community group to replace the stolen equipment and to keep their community garden flourishing."

Mr Clarke said the improved security measures were proving effective, against people, at least.

"Except that we had a rotten old fox get into the garden the other day," he laughed.

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