Food Forest

What's it all about?
Dunstan Reserve/West Brunswick Food Forest is a collection of fruit trees established approximately 15 years ago as a community resource. The site and trees fell into disrepair some years back.

This substantial grove of over 30 mature, food-producing trees in public open space is unique within Melbourne. In being fully open and accessible to everyone, it goes beyond the typical community garden model.

In July 2011, we initiated a project aimed at rejuvenating the food forest. As well as rehabilitating (and in some cases, replacing) trees, this project aims to undertake some landscaping, companion planting and repair or reinstatement of infrastructure (pergolas, paths etc.).

We gratefully received a grant of $3000 from Moreland City Council towards this project and, after some challenges navigating our way through negotiating a lease, we started work in July 2012 and are well underway!

Everyone is welcome to get involved with this space and the project, the space and the trees belong to our community. Sign up for updates and opportunities to get involved.

We hope the food forest will become:

  • a source of healthy, organic food,
  • a well-maintained, productive plantation of trees, 
  • a pleasant place for local residents to visit 
  • an outdoor classroom and exhibition garden, 
  • a social hub.
If you'd like to get involved, contact us or sign up.

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We're working together for a vibrant, sustainable network of community gardening locations in Moreland.

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!
  1. To bring people together.
  2. To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
  3. To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
  4. To encourage sustainable gardening
  5. To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food