Volunteers revive bushfire survivors' gardens

Plants donated to SA Bushfire Garden Revival. Photo: SA Bushfire Garden Revival/Facebook.
Plants donated to SA Bushfire Garden Revival. Photo: SA Bushfire Garden Revival/Facebook.

The South Australia Bushfire Garden Revival (SABGR) is a group of volunteers who are collecting and distributing plants and other garden items for people who have lost their gardens to bushfires in South Australia.

The group has been working for a number of years and was pivotal in getting people's gardens back on track after the Pinery and Sampson Flat bushfires.

The group is working hard now for the people who have lost their gardens in the most recent fires.

Meningie gardener Marianne Cunneen recently joined the group and is a collection point for donations in the Meningie area.

She and her husband Shane, like many others, donated money to help, but she said she had been looking for some other way to help when she came across the group.

Most of its collection points were in the suburbs and Fleurieu, with none in other rural areas.

While many might think of the garden as being not important, the keen gardener said she felt that gardens could be an important part of the recovery process.

It could be a mental health issue with many people, looking out of their saved home at blackness or rebuilding a home and starting again.

She was keen to gather some small pots of succulent fairy and dinosaur gardens for donation in the hope of putting a smile on a child's face and giving them something to look after.

"We are after plants of all kinds, pots new and used, tools, ornaments, potting mix, seeds, bulbs, hoses, sprinklers, foam boxes and anything related to the garden," she said.

SABGR's Kristy Barnes, who has been working for the group for more than five years, said the items would be taken to central points by generous transport companies and open days would be conducted where people who have lost their gardens would be invited to collect what they needed.

  • More information: Marianne Cunneen 0437 320 779 or Kristy Barnes 0413 565 469.

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