Shirley Broad 28 years Volunteering
Shirley Broad can be seen every Tuesday with her merry bunch of gardeners down on the Burra Creek hard at work maintaining the Burra Creek Garden.
Shirley has been Volunteering in the garden since 1987. Along with The Senior Citizens Shirley Started the Garden Group and when Senior Citizens Folded Shirley continued on with the project.
With money raised from collecting cans for recycle Shirley has funded all the plants off her own back.
The pictures above show you what can be done with a bit of grit and determination. Far right is Burra Creek in the early days, and left is how it now looks. Go and see for yourself what a huge achievement this is, and make sure you have a chat to Shirley on Saturday morning of open weekend.
Volunteers do so much to enhance the quality of our lives, but unfortunately so few us realise just how much they give.
Thank You Shirley Broad
Every Tuesday her group gathers, winter and summer to beautify the creek for the locals and tourists to enjoy. They start early and then break for a cuppa and a chat at the BBQ site south of the bridge, weather permitting, sometimes they can be seen huddling under the BBQ bay for shelter. When it was Senior Citizens gardening they won Kesab Awards and Shirley is very proud of this acknowledgement
The area was a couch ridden creek bank when gardening started and now boasts a beautiful garden full of natives and ornamentals. When Senior Citizens folded Shirley had few helpers and has maintained the garden as a low maintenance venture. Only recently have Volunteer Numbers swelled to 7 in you can hear them laughing and joking while they plant new trees and shrubs and trim the ones that are there.
Shirley has been doing it for 28 years now and she is determined to make 30 yrs. She is a testament to commitment and determination, when she started the watering system was all manual and she would have to go down several times a day to switch hoses over…Today there is an automatic system for watering
We as a town owe Shirley a big thank you for the lovely garden that is there for us to enjoy today. Thankyou Shirley
Just recently a bunch of new plants have been planted and moved, and garden paths rejigged, so why not wonder along the creek when the weather fines up and take it all in. The garden will feature in this year’s Open gardens event on the Sat and Shirley will be down there between 11.30 and 12.30 to share her experiences with you.