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Community garden applications accepted Nov. 2-22

Community Garden - CentralApplications to secure a garden plot in 2016 at one of the city’s three community gardens will be accepted between Nov. 2 and 22, 2015.

The applications are opening earlier than previous year to give gardeners more time over the winter months to plan and prepare their gardens for the spring.

Located at Amherst Park, Central Park and Francis Road Bikeway, the community gardens are open for planting from May 1 to Oct. 23, 2016. There are a total of 80 plots available, plus six raised, accessible plots suitable for persons with disabilities. Applicants may indicate a preferred garden location and plot style on the application.

The cost to rent a plot for the season is $50. Water, soil and compost are supplied and all plots have full sun. Plots will be allocated by lottery at the close of the application period, and all applicants will be notified of their lottery result by early December 2015.

Community garden applications will be available online beginning Nov. 2 at www.burlington.ca/communitygardens, community centres, the Seniors’ Centre, or City Hall, 426 Brant St., at the Service Burlington counter. Completed applications must be received by the city no later than Nov. 22, 2015.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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