GARDEN PROJECT: Chief gardener Trevor Schrader, Bob Webster, secretary Ian Stevens and Bill Kendall work in the garden at the Warwick Men’s Shed on Saturday.
GARDEN PROJECT: Chief gardener Trevor Schrader, Bob Webster, secretary Ian Stevens and Bill Kendall work in the garden at the Warwick Men’s Shed on Saturday. Deanna Millard

Activity not just inside the shed for these men

THE Warwick Men's Shed is a hive of activity every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning as a bunch of busy men join together to work on various projects, relax and unwind, and support each other, developing friendships along the way.

Formed in 2011, the Warwick branch is now one of more than 1000 Men's Sheds across the nation, which are sub-branches of the Australian Men's Shed organisation.

Thanks to the Southern Downs Regional Council and many generous local businesses, the 40 members of the Warwick branch have a base to meet and fulfil the vision of looking after the well-being of retired men who feel lost and alone after leaving the workforce. Although the organisation is open to all men over 18, Warwick's members are currently aged between 55 and 86.

Secretary Ian Stevens said all men who meet the criteria are welcome to join for a $25 annual fee that covers insurance.

"Thanks to the generosity of council and local businesses we now have a fully equipped workshop, a free internet cafe, games room and our latest project, which is a communal garden," he said.

"Members and the general public are able to help themselves to a wide variety of organic vegetables grown with tender loving care by our gardening chief, Trevor Schrader."

Although the club has a few green thumbs it is the dedication of planter and harvester Trevor Schrader that results in an abundance of fresh, organic produce.

Mr Schrader says he is proud of his garden domain including a potting and growing area, along with a native garden, and his latest project, the propagation area.

"We are currently gathering native seedlings from nurseries and our own established gardens to propagate in the new greenhouse," he said.

"We are so grateful for everyone's assistance, which includes a number of farmers, and Lyndhurst Stud who deliver manure for fertilisation of our garden."

The goal is to give away these plants to people who make purchases over $5 at the Men's Shed garage sales.

The group holds various fundraisers throughout the year including the garage sale and sausage sizzles.



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