Through April and May, PAL resident and Head Gardener Richard Cook, Richard’s partner Mile, and David Guiney replaced about a third of the rotting planter boxes in PAL’s Garden. “It’s amazing how much strong hands and willing hearts can achieve,” said Richard.
Last winter Richard noticed that the fourteen year-old boxes on PAL’s rooftop were rotting. Soil fell into the pathways as the wood disintegrated in the rain.
The first big task was to dismantle and dispose of a huge amount of old, corroded lumber that easily weighed several tons. Miles used a heavy crowbar to pull up and break apart the old boxes. Richard noticed a big construction waste dumpster at the building site across the street from PAL on Cardero Street. He spoke to the site engineer and secured permission to dispose of the old lumber and he did this by bringing repeated wheel-barrow loads of rotting wood across Cardero Street.
The next major task was getting the new lumber to the roof garden. David bravely undertook this with many trips to the lumber yard using his own vehicle. He then brought all of the new wood up to the 8th floor by elevator. Finally, the new lumber was cut to fit and attached using non-rust deck screws.
Everyone is delighted with the garden’s “facelift” and Richard no longer has to deal with soil washing down from the plant beds onto the concrete paving stones. The success of this undertaking was a shining example of determination and teamwork at its best.
To say the very least, PAL’s community is extremely thankful for such a huge contribution of volunteer labour and materials. The quoted value of the team’s work is $6,000. Special thanks also go to PAL Resident and Board Director Tom Adair who raised approximately $700 to fund this project at his garden party.