Dan Worthington (left)

Dan Worthington (left)

Local businesses fence Lil’ Sprouts garden

The Lil’ Sprouts Children’s Garden has a brand new fence around it this week.

The Lil’ Sprouts Children’s Garden has a brand new fence around it this week thanks to the volunteer efforts of  All Around Fencing and donations from local businesses.

Three generations of the All Around Fencing family were on hand to help with and lend their support to building the  three-foot fence around the children’s garden on Friday.

Materials were donated by RONA and Home Hardware, and Broadway Rentals donated the pole digger for the day, says Tatjana Lauzon, the WL Food Policy Council chair and community dietitian with Interior Health, who supplied the pizza lunch for the family.

The Lil’ Sprouts garden is located in the community’s Memory Garden on Carson Drive and is funded by Success by Six with help from local businesses.

Success by Six has contributed $2,500 to the success of the children’s garden which is just finishing its second year of operation.

Lauzon says in-kind and material donations for fencing the children’s garden will save the council $3,000 and allow the expansion of garden related educational programs for young children.

The Memory Garden as a whole is a partnership between the City of Williams Lake, Thompson Nicola United Way and Interior Health,  with the support of many local businesses.

“The Williams Lake Food Policy Council continues to beautify and grow the Community Memory Garden space into a learning garden,” Lauzon says.

Now in its third year of operation The Memory Garden includes 45 raised beds; eight raised beds in the new community greenhouse; and seven raised beds so far in the Lil’ Sprouts Children’s Garden.

She says the council continues to beautify the seating area in the garden which is dedicated to the memory of Rayel MacDonald.

She says six fruit trees including pear, apple and plum trees have also been planted in the garden in memory of other families.