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A Moreland where everyone can grow food, garden and build connected communities.
To encourage development of a community that is active in growing healthy food in the urban environment, developing a network of vibrant and sustainable community gardens and supporting edible gardening throughout the community.
To see a range of locations in Moreland where residents can:
- grow healthy, safe organic food,
- share companionship, skills and knowledge,
- participate in and feel a part of their community,
- enhance their mental and physical well-being,
- learn to lead a more sustainable life.
How do gardens contribute to the community?
- A culture of contributing to and engaging with the local community is fostered within the garden group.
- Success depends on community contribution and participation in the establishment, use, development, management and maintenance of the garden.
- Gardens bring together people from diverse backgrounds in one place to share experiences and knowledge.
- As a hub for social events and an education programme (composting, pruning, rotation, propagation, seed saving).
- Sharing plants and produce with the community to encourage more local residential food production.
What principles will these gardens emphasise and support?
- Food security: helping people to regularly access nutritious, healthy, affordable and safe food,
- Organic gardening: The garden will promote organic horticulture/agriculture principles for managing soil, pests etc.
- Water conservation: Water will be collected and stored on site, mulching will be required.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle: On-site composting (and possibly work farms) will supply nutrient enrichment for allotments and reduce waste leaving site. Recycled materials will be used wherever possible (pots, building materials etc.),
- Biodiversity: members will be encouraged to grow heritage, non-hybrid varieties to preserve biodiversity,
- Self-sufficiency: members will be encouraged to save seed and to propagate plants for replanting and to give away or swap,
- Energy efficiency,
- The Long View: decisions will wherever possible consider long term goals and consequences.