Community fruit trees and garden beds

Written on the 16 June 2014

Community fruit trees and garden beds

 

As part of the Healthy Together Hume Fruit Tree Project, Growing Health initiative, 150 fruit trees have been donated and three of these were recently planted at Connections@Craigieburn.

The project has seen collaboration between volunteers, health and environmental champions.

The Craigieburn Men’s Shed built wicking garden beds which have been planted with edible produce to continually encourage healthy eating. In addition, Council is providing DIY garden bed building workshops so that the community can utilise the facilities at Craigieburn Connections.

I helped plant the trees in their new garden bed and turned the first sod with my colleague Craig Ondarchie MLC, community members from Craigieburn Men's Shed and Hume City Council Mayor, Cr Casey Nunn.
The Healthy Together Hume Fruit Tree Project, Growing Health, aims to increase the availability of fresh fruit in schools, early learning centres and community spaces in Hume City.

This is about fostering a culture where the whole community can grow, eat and share healthy food together. As a result, edible fruit and vegetable gardens have also sprung up at Craigieburn Central and Craigieburn GLC in support of healthy eating.

It's about encouraging a culture where staff, children, families and the whole community can grow, eat and share healthy food together. The program also empowers early learning centres and schools to become health promoting services by registering for the Healthy Together Achievement Program.

A wicking bed is a garden bed with a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is drawn upwards like a wick to the surface to hydrate plants.

 

 

Pictured planting a fruit tree with colleague Craig Ondarchie MLC, community members from Craigieburn Men's Shed and Hume City Council Mayor, Cr Casey Nunn.


 

 


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