With a liberty apple tree to be planted in the community orchard planned for a Dunedin City Council reserve in Brockville are (from left) Teagan Stevens (6), Beatrice Hessell (9), Rose Richards, Sue Morey and Maria Hessell (6). Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
In a few years' time, Brockville residents hope to be
enjoying apples and pears from their very own community
The Brockville Ecological and Sustainability Team has applied
to the Dunedin City Council to use part of Frasers Gully
Reserve as a community orchard.
The area is a 540sq m empty section between numbers 4 and 6
Team spokeswoman Sue Morey said the group had been liaising
with the Dunedin City Council about sustainable projects it
could get involved in when the orchard idea came up.
The neighbourhood already had a community garden and a food
bank and it hoped the orchard would add to the food it could
produce for itself.
''We are trying to make our own community more sustainable by
growing our own fruit and vegetables.''
Fruit from the trees would go to those in need. If there was
a surplus, it would be sold to buy more trees, she said.
The orchard project had been granted resource consent and a
licence to occupy part of the reserve was now needed. The
application was open for public consultation.
Sutherland Nursery had designed the layout and helped select
the types of fruit that would grow on the site, including
dwarf trees near neighbouring properties.
If the licence was granted, they hoped to start planting
pear, apple, peach and apricot trees by the end of the year,
A family day was planned for planting the orchard and working
bees would be held to keep the orchard tidy. A community
member was learning how to thin and prune fruit trees.
It was hoped the orchard would be a pilot and other empty
spots around the community could be used for edible plants.