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Community members build seating for the Cygnet Library Community Garden Project

Cygnet library garden and Port Cygnet Men's Shed volunteers and recycled seating
Jun 21, 2014

Thanks to hardworking volunteers Cygnet Library’s Community Garden now has outdoor seating, creating a safe and welcoming place for members of the community to come and enjoy the garden.

Volunteers from the Port Cygnet Men's Shed and Cygnet Library Community Garden restored a wooden bench as part of Stage 2 of the Cygnet Library Community Garden Project at Cygnet Library.

The Men’s Shed volunteers cleverly took apart the entire seat and painstakingly hand-sanded each piece to remove layers of old, flaking paint. Originally the bench was a single piece. The Men's Shed volunteers redesigned and reassembled it into two wooden seats which now look as good as new.

The restoration of the bench was a real team effort. Members of the Men's Shed worked for seventy hours restoring and reassembling the seats. Carol Murphy, who volunteers as part of the Cygnet Library Community Garden Project, varnished each of the individual slats and Bob Ashmore cleverly worked out how to install them on the sloping ground.

The Port Cygnet Men's Shed (PCMS), members enjoyed being part of the project and are deservedly proud of their work. The Port Cygnet Men's Shed is a community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organization that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their male members through participating in projects such as this one which is trying to help create a sense of community through sustainable gardening.    


Thanks to the volunteers' dedicated work, the community and visitors to the region, have also been able to enjoy the outdoor space to sit in the garden, read a book and use the Cygnet Library’s free Wi-Fi. There has been tremendous feedback from the community on the new amenity the outdoor seating has provided. Many saying how wonderful it is members of the community have worked together to create this outcome and now they can enjoy being out in the garden! 

Generous donations from the local community and a grant from Kitchen Gardeners International with support from Huon LINC helped make this wonderful project possible. 

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