Community to reap garden benefits

Tari JeffersBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton horticulture supervisor Iain Ferry, GeoCatch board members Robin Belford, Bay OK project officer Lisa Massey and GeocCatch board member Nik Selheim enjoy the new Bay OK garden.
Camera IconCity of Busselton horticulture supervisor Iain Ferry, GeoCatch board members Robin Belford, Bay OK project officer Lisa Massey and GeocCatch board member Nik Selheim enjoy the new Bay OK garden. Credit: GeoCatch

The Geographe community can now enjoy a new Bay OK garden that uses old jetty timber installed at Freycinet Park.

The garden was a partnership between the City of Busselton and GeoCatch, with support from the South West Catchments Council and funding through the National Landcare Program.

In addition to the old jetty timbers, the garden also features local native species and Bay OK garden design elements, with a generous seating area and bike racks for visitors.

GeoCatch Bay OK project officer Lisa Massey said the proximity of the garden to the Port Geographe canal entrance had been a consideration.

“The critical step in the garden installation was to firstly improve the soil with applications of clay and compost to keep moisture and nutrients in the soil and out of the Bay,” she said.

City of Busselton horticulture supervisor Iain Ferry said the project had far-reaching benefits to the community.

“This area is undergoing a lot of development, with new houses and gardens springing up every day,” he said.

Visit geocatch.asn.au for more information about Bay OK gardening.

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