Granville's volunteer gardener honoured

LONG-TIME volunteer and community gardener, Michael Scott, was awarded a certificate of recognition on Monday for dedicating 25 years to maintaining the reserve next to his Granville home.

Mr Scott was presented with the award as part of Parramatta Council's Love Where You Live campaign.

Picture: Gary Warrick.

Picture: Gary Warrick.

LONG-TIME volunteer and community gardener, Michael Scott, was awarded a certificate of recognition on Monday for dedicating 25 years to maintaining the reserve next to his Granville home.

Mr Scott was presented with the award as part of Parramatta Council's Love Where You Live campaign.

Mr Scott said he started tidying up the area in the early '90s and found he really enjoyed doing it.

"I'd like for people to come down and sit on the grass to enjoy," Mr Scott said.

"One of the other neighbours came up to me one day and said, 'wow, now we have our own botanical gardens'. People in the area use the garden to have a wander in and sometimes as a place to exercise. It's important to me that the reserve is used as passive recreation."

Mr Scott's community work doesn't stop there; he also builds and donates toys for kids at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Lord mayor John Chedid said Mr Scott, who has planted and pruned trees and mowed lawns at his own expense, has deterred illegal dumpers from using the reserve as a dumping ground.

"Michael is a wonderful individual who has cared for his community his whole life," Cr Chedid said. "Prior to Michael's move to Granville, the reserve was being used as a dumping ground, his attention quickly deterring people from illegally dumping."

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