I always enjoy reading my local paper, inside my NZ Herald, The Aucklander to see what great ideas other communities have. I also hope that other Community Boards might get some of these good ideas and be happy to let us in other ‘burbs’ take up of these great ideas.
I’m talking about Waitemata Local Board’s latest idea to plant fruit trees in City Parks. They have set aside $10,000 a year to pay for fruit trees to be planted in local parks. I love the idea of a comunity planting day to get it going.
The same article also has a story about fruittrees.org.nz a branch of Mt Eden Transition Town that is aiming to plant 1000 fruit trees in 2012. On its website www.fruittrees.org.nz you can donate ($30 a tree or 17 trees $500) or register and get some trees. Cityhop has previously blogged about some of the neat women behind some of the great ideas at the Mt Eden Transition town. They are pictured above. Brilliant community action working with schools and early childhood centres to bring fruit to gren spaces.
Hey, I just saw a cityhoppa has donated a tree. Love that, Gideon. I’m going to see if I can get some planted on our long grass verge. I live near the school and like the idea of the school kids being part of this.
Only daft bit, is Auckland Council seems to think it costs $180 – $200 each tree! Maybe it does with silly consultation. This is a great idea and I’ll be encouraging my local Board to consider it. Pass it on!