Barbara’s Garden Dedication …

In 2015, under the leadership of the late Barbara Moore, the BHAG Volunteer Gardening Group was successful in its’ application for a $5,000 grant from the Bellingen Council’s Environmental Levy Community Fund, allowing us to create the Wellness Garden in the grounds adjacent to the new Sub-Acute wing.  BHAG, the Mid North Coast Local Health District, Rotary, Lions, Coastal Claymakers, the Freemasons and many other community groups and local residents worked together to turn the grant into a project with a final in-kind value of $90,797. 

Since then, the volunteers have continued to maintain the garden which is popular with staff, patients and visitors alike and provides a beautiful outdoor setting in which to enjoy a cuppa and a treat from Mary’s Teahouse Café, which is run by Bellingen Hospital Auxiliary volunteers.

Last week, we were invited to a morning tea organised by the Hospital to celebrate the dedication of the garden to the memory of Barbara Moore. Anecdotes abounded and everyone agreed that the garden owes its existence to Barbara’s tenacity and enthusiasm.

Our first working bee was 20th July, 2010 and we have just reached an amazing milestone of a total of 3,000 hours of gardening.  That’s a lot of pruning, weeding, conversation and cake!

Barbara Moore Bellingen Bush Regenerators BRDH Rockery Bush Regeneration Car Park upgrade Clothesline Project Dinner Plate Fig Doctor Hewitt Drought Eric the Cat Ficus dammaropsis Frog Pond Hartley House Hartley House Walkway Hewitt Arboretum Landcare Lomandra Little Pal Main Carpark marcotting Memorial Trees Mosaics Mulching Native Bees News Patient Wellness Garden Shirley Dunne Shirl the Pearl Upper Carpark Wildlife Wollemi Pine

2 thoughts on “Barbara’s Garden Dedication …

    • Hi Barb, lovely to hear from you and I hope you are keeping well.
      Yes a great tribute, organised by Steve Orange the Maintenance Supervisor whom you might remember. He had a huge amount of respect for Barb.

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