Community celebration at Tallowood Ridge

Tallowood Ridge, Byron shire’s community with heart, held a celebration in the community playground last Friday to celebrate two new planting initiatives.

Chidren of Tallowood Ridge Mullumbimby

Three new large shade trees were planted in the childrens’ playground to provide much needed shade. Further, Byron Council has got behind a new resident initiative to plant garden beds in some of the reserve area between houses. Byron Council’s Sustainability Officer Kim Graham attended Friday’s celebration along with the residents with whom she is working. Spearheading the new planting initiative are long term seed savers Peter and Beryl Judd, who relocated to Tallowood Ridge from Dorrigo earlier this year.

“The residents here have a common interest in gardening” said Beryl Judd. “So this is a good starting point to build community, to give Tallowood Ridge a strong heart. We all have an interest in feeding ourselves and looking after future generations. We can share our knowledge, seeds and produce with each other. The children come together here anyway so they can learn. Of course out of all the residents here there will be those that take it up and run with it and those that don’t”.

Following a successful application by Tallowood Ridge owners, the 65 hectare site now allows for only 40% residential development, with 32% of the site offered up to be under the strict 7(b) Environmental Protection zoning.

“We have found that Mullumbimby residents in general are into gardening” said Beryl Judd. “That was clear from the roll up last Sunday at the Living Earth Festival”.

With only three lots remaining in the current Stage Two, Tallowood Ridge is the most popular estate in the region. Land is priced from $243,000 for a 677m² block.