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Survey Report

Member Survey - Summary

Sixteen members responded to our survey posted online in June 2010.

Here is a summary of the results.

Safety issues questions

Safety of the garden bed materials is still a concern (sharp edges on cliplok metal). Other concerns noted were the tripping hazard posed by hoses left on the ground,  garden stakes projecting into walkways, and danger from rusty nails to children in bare feet.

Workshop frequency

  • Five respondents preferred workshops each month, 11 preferred them as subjects arise.
  • Several mentioned that workshops on seasonal themes are a good idea.
  • Workshop and working bee scheduling
  • Thirteen respondents prefer Sunday afternoon for workshops.
  • Twelve respondents prefer Sunday afternoon for working bees.
  • Other times selected by the minority were Saturday morning and Sunday morning. There was also one preference for weekday evening bees (in summer).

What social and gardening events are you interested in?

Interest from 60-90% of respondents in almost all items listed. Two items had only minor interest indicated (Grow crops for a purpose eg. poppies and rosemary for Nov 11, pumpkins for Halloween and Easter egg hunt with parental supervision.)

 The most popular (over 80% selected) was Taste event and the suggested cooking events.

Skills audit question

This received a great response with many members indicating they know something about and are prepared to lead in a number of topics. Many indicated an interest in learning more about several topics too. This information will be studies to help us to plan some great events in the future.

General comments box

Many ideas were contributed in the general comments. The need to develop a detailed garden master plan was noted, and a desire to further develop and beautify the garden was expressed. Some hope the garden can become a place for many activities including quiet reflection, reading and social gatherings. Ideas for development included BBQ, pizza oven, permanent shelter structure, composting toilet and raised beds. The possibility of applying for further grant funding was noted.

These comments will be collated in full (without respondents' identification) and circulated at the next meeting of members.