West Columbia Community Garden succeeds with Palmetto Pride grant

Chairwoman of the West Columbia Beautification Foundation Melissa Sprouse Browne (Right) receiving the award from Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful Jacqueline Buck (Left).

The City West Columbia has embarked on a series of initiatives as a part of an improvement effort, including a garden.

West Columbia launched its Community Garden Project on Oct. 21.

The creation of the garden was possible because of Palmetto Pride grant funds. Palmetto Pride is a “Keep South Carolina Beautiful” affiliate. And part of the work it is doing with West Columbia is designed to mitigate litter, increase green space and expand the statewide volunteer base. Also, because of the city’s association with Palmetto Pride, city sanitation crews are vigilant in eliminating litter and any other unsightly debris that is encountered during regular sanitation crew routes.

As a part of the garden’s construction, city staff and community volunteers set up raised beds on the grounds behind West Columbia City Hall. Then residents were provided plantings at no cost. The garden is also open for the public as a free place to plant.

On the day the garden was established, volunteers conducted a city-wide clean-up day. With gloves, safety vests, and trash bags residents headed selected spaces in the community to pick up litter. Trucks and sanitation personnel were also sanctioned in the rear lot of city hall to collect overflow types of waste from West Columbia residents, who brought items for disposal in large receptacles that had been set up for collection.

Since the community garden has been set up, it has helped beautify the city. The garden provides an additional green space and healthy atmosphere for the West Columbia community.

Community Garden on citywide Clean-Up Day.

Since the garden was started, Keep the Midlands Beautiful has awarded the West Columbia Beautification Foundation with the Green Non-Profit Award.

West Columbia’s Community Garden Project has been a definite asset in the City of West Columbia’s effort to make it a more beautiful place.

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