An Upper Clutha couple will be one step closer to getting their dream garden when a team of volunteers give it a makeover next month.

Sarah and Dave Millwater will be the first recipients of the latest Upper Clutha community initiative, called Gardening For Good.

The initiative means a team of volunteers will take over their garden on October 12 with a plan of turning it into a haven for the Millwaters, not for the rabbits that have moved in.

Project co-ordinator Louise Carney, of Hawea Flat, said the Gardening for Good concept came about after she realised some people required assistance to establish their dream garden, or to simply get on top of it.

The concept has come on the back of another of Mrs Carney’s projects, Food For Love, which provides free meals to those in need.

“We, as many others locally, have been inundated with bunny rabbits of plague proportions . . .” – Sarah Millwater

“I always had the idea to branch out to do gardens as well,” she said.

For her latest initiative, she put a call out for nominations on social media and the response was overwhelming – so too has been the support she has received from volunteers.

There are about 15 people who have offered assistance so far, but she was still looking for a fencer. The Millwaters were “over the moon” to have been nominated by their friend Susan Allison, and were impressed by the support the community had shown towards the latest Upper Clutha project.

“We love how the Upper Clutha community get on board and support the good things happening locally.”

The Millwaters shared their dream of a rabbit-free garden with the Gardening For Good team a month ahead of the makeover so volunteers could put a plan in place.

“We, as many others locally, have been inundated with bunny rabbits of plague proportions and to be honest I’m half expecting to see one on the sofa changing the Netflix channel, they’re that cheeky,” Mrs Millwater said.

“That has lead us to be disheartened about putting anything in the ground, as it would just provide a buffet for the [bunnies].

“As well as rabbit fencing, our biggest wish is to have a garden we can eat from and possibly have enough produce to share with friends.”

Mrs Carney said Gardening For Good would provide regular gardening maintenance for people who required it, which would be done by volunteers on a rostered basis. Every couple of months a bigger project, like the Millwaters, would also be on the agenda.

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