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Tree planting brightens Mt Victoria community

Aug 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

TREE PLANTING: Richard Self cuts down old trees to prepare for planting new ones.

MORE than 100 native trees have been planted in a community garden in Wellington to help improve the area’s landscape and the wildlife habitat.

The trees were planted at Lawson Place garden in Mt Victoria by Wellingtonians of all ages on Sunday after being donated by the City Council.

Local collective Innermost Gardens organised 60 volunteers to “beautify” the area between the Lawson Lane housing estate and the community garden.

NEW TREES: Richard Self and Grant Lyon

“The trees will provide an area for all the predatory insects to live, so we can protect the garden and keep it healthy,” he says.

With regular working bees at their Mt Victoria and Newtown Adelaide Road sites,  Innermost Gardens aim to “learn from each other, working together”, according to their motto.

“We want to get people interested in sustainability and in growing food,” says Mr Self.

“People can come along and learn how to plant veges and take home a box of them or pick some herbs,” he says.

Volunteer Grant Lyon (right) is helping create healthier soil at the garden using organic and bio-remediation techniques.

 “We’re using mushrooms to break down toxic residues to make healthier soil, and that way we eat healthier,”says Mr Lyon.

“If we can increase the nutrient density of vegetables, we increase people’s health,” he says.

He adds the new trees will also provide nectar for the birdlife: “We’ve got Tuis and Fantails and Riflemen at the moment.”

Volunteer Margaret Earle lives locally and got involved with the collective with the aim of helping build better community links for Mt Victoria.

“When people have kids, they get involved with their school community.  But once they’ve left school, there’s no other community hub in Mt Victoria,” she says.

“The more interconnected we are, the stronger the community is.”

The trees planted included Kanuka, Kapuka, Manuka and Kowhai and will take around five years to reach maturity.

Innermost Gardens meet at their Adelaide Road, Newtown site on the first Sunday of the month, and their Lawson Place, Mt Victoria site on the third Sunday of the month.

They welcome anyone with an interest in gardening and bio-diversity to come along to learn or to share their skills.

For more information visit Innermost Gardens.


PLANTER BOXES: Full of vegetables ready to be picked by volunteers.

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