The Food Forest Ashburton (FFA) Group, made up of motivated community members with support from the Craig Family Centre, are requesting Council approval to establish a sustainable and communal 'food forest' on public land in Ashburton
In December 2011, the Craig Family Centre sent a letter and survey to residents living close to three potential sites. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback from survey responses, Winton Road Reserve was selected as the preferred site for the initiative.
The proposed food forest involves planting a range of fruit and nut trees with supportive understory in a portion of the reserve. A proposed first stage would see around 12 trees planted, with potential for additional trees to be planted in a future stage. There would be an all-abilities gravel path and the draft landscape plan also allocates a space for a potential park shelter in the future. The planted area would remain open to the public, and the plantings would be maintained by the FFA Group and interested community members, with Council support.
Have your say
Council is now seeking feedback from local residents on this community proposal.