Drilling and Completions at North Perth Community Garden 2018

North Perth Community Garden is an 820m2 space for individuals to garden, but it also strives to be an integral part of the local community, being a hub for people to meet, share, socialise and learn. They have worked hard to forge a number of links with other community groups including Rotary North Perth, North Perth Local, Volunteering WA, and of course, their immediate neighbours, to make their precinct a hive of activity for many.

Anyone can become a member and have the option to either lease an individual plot to grow their own produce, or co-lease in the communal plots and share gardening and produce with other communal members. The garden is predominantly for growing herbs, vegetables and some flowers, but they also have a greenhouse for propagation of seeds and strikes, and a small orchard and native garden area for larger plants.

On a beautiful May morning, a team of volunteers from Woodside’s Drilling and Completions team swapped their computers and keyboards for some gloves and wheelbarrows as they arrived at the North Perth Community Garden. They each channelled their green thumbs to help with the general upkeep of the Community Garden to improve the space for optimal gardening by its members. They moved worm farms, repaved the grounds, picked olives, pruned kangaroo paws, moved raised garden beds and planting plants, mulched the gardens, and took down shade cloths.

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There was no shortage of teamwork demonstrated on the day, whether it was moving garden beds, laying paving, mulching, or even picking olives – the volunteers were always working together, laughing together, and supporting one another. The volunteers all described team bonding as one of the key positive takeaways from the day, as well as

“making a visible and lasting impact for a community group” and “[working as a team] to help a passionate team of community gardening enthusiasts.”

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The day was definitely not a walk in the park, with a volunteer exclaiming “levelling paving is harder than it looks!”, but they welcomed the free workout! And the team’s hard work paid off in spades, with the space looking beautiful and welcoming, and will no doubt be thoroughly enjoyed by all its members, present and future.

And the team themselves left feeling proud of themselves after seeing the visible results of their work, describing the day as “rewarding”, “positive” and “fun”. Well done team!

To see more of the team in action click here!