The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was initially bordered by a woven willow fence, but unfortunately this fence was destroyed by vandals.
The fence was made from recycled poplars from local urban river regeneration programs, where weedy willows had been removed to make space for native plants. The fence was significant because it took the form of an invasive species to mark a space for Indigenous resistance and reclamation. Taking up the discards of more-than-human colonisation, the willow fence wove introduced and invasive histories into hopeful, collaborative futures.
The materials for the fence were gathered by a Jobs Australia work crew, and TAFE New England staff and supervisors, working together with Peter Hall, and later, Dylan Dempster. The students from the Clontarf academy, under the supervision of James Russell and Bruce Dennison, also assisted in weaving the fence, as well as many community garden volunteers.
Despite the fact that the fence no longer stands, I have fond memories of the structure, whose material agency helped cultivate the community garden as a meaningful space for connection and cultural revival.