Ecopella provides bright note for festive season at Randwick

CHRISTMAS TIME is celebration time at Randwick Community Organic Garden.

Thanks to the efforts of the Arts in the Gardens team’s Mary O’Connell, this year’s celebrations featured Ecopella, an acapella group that took the audience through songs amusing, political and frivolous.

Ecopella provided a harmonious note for the Randwick garden's Christmas gathering.

Ecopella provided a harmonious note for the Randwick garden's Christmas gathering.

The performance was followed by celebratory food that the gardeners had made themselves, fruit juices or wine, but appetites were exhausted well before the supply of food. There was, of course, the traditional BBQ of sausages for those seeking to sustain this fine Australian tradition.

Community gardener Phillip Booth and a fellow gardener take a bite of the spongy and sweet durian.

Community gardener Phillip Booth and a fellow gardener take a bite of the spongy and sweet durian.

Some, however, were less certain about the durian that Phillip Booth brought to the celebrations. The spiky-skinned, tropical fruit has a bad reputation for its odour, however that did not deter a number of community gardeners from trying the sticky, stretchy, rubbery and chewy flesh, which most found quite palatable, even nice-tasting.

The Randwick Community Organic Garden has become popular and there is now a waiting list for allotments. New gardeners, however, participate in the shared gardening areas, building their skills while awaiting an allotment.

Good news is that the community garden’s egg supply may soon be reinstated. Following the devastation of their chicken flock by a rampaging, nocturnal fox, a reinforced and greatly enlarged chicken run has been built in preparation for a new flock.

Since it restarted at its present location in Payne Reserve, Randwick, a little over three years ago, the community garden has gone from strength to strength.

Phillip carefully opens the durian.

Phillip carefully opens the durian.

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