Since August, we've been chipping away at the various things we needed in place to enable us to get on with the rejuvenation of the food forest.
Here's where we are right now.
To begin the real work we need a lease in place (that formalises Council's approval of our work). The special conditions for the lease are being drawn up now.
Now, to get the lease, we need insurance. To get the insurance, we needed the grant funds. We now have the funds and we're in the process of paying for the insurance so that as soon as the special conditions above are sorted out we can sign and start the gardening.
We've built a list of plants that we'll be choosing from when we come to planting. we've also been drawing up a plan of the site to help us properly plan what's going where.
One other key requirements for the site is water. Although Council committed to provide us with access to mains water, the exciting news is that they're hoping to source a big water tank that could be plumbed into the nearby sports pavilion to provide us with rain water.
Although we're starting later in the year, we're still expecting to be able to plant during the summer and hoping our first activity will be in December.
We're nearly there! More as it develops.
Some interesting reading material relating to food forests to whet your appetite: Why Food Forests
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Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).
Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
- To bring people together.
- To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
- To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
- To encourage sustainable gardening
- To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food