Fruit and nut trees planted in Unley park

by Beth Mylius

Sustainable Communities members were at the planting of around 70 fruit and nut trees at the Morrie Harrell Reserve in Unley on Sunday 4 August 2012. Two of our members are on the Sustainability Advisory Committee of the Unley Council which has a Food Security Strategy now being implemented. As well as this planting some members are assisting people with the pruning of backyard fruit trees. Peter commented that it is amazing how much food is in people’s backyards. They have also identified a number of other green spaces in the Council area suitable for further planting of fruit and nut trees.

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4 thoughts on “Fruit and nut trees planted in Unley park

  1. Well done, everyone – this is a very exciting project and augurs well for the future! A few questions…
    Was the council’s ‘Sustainability Advisory Committee’ initiated by the Unley Group and, if yes, how did they proceed and how long did it take?
    What is the plan regarding tree maintenance (watering, pruning, fruit collecting & disease control? Does the council take responsibility or does the SCSA group?
    Is there plans to net the trees when fruit is produced so they are not just there to feed the birds?…not necessarely a bad thing …

  2. Veronique

    The Advisory Group was set up by Council several years ago to provide a community voice as Council worked on its environment strategy. Its focus now is particularly on food security. Council has now endorsed a food security strategy. The planting of fruit and nut trees in public places is part of the actions under that strategy. Copies of the strategy can be accessed by going to the Council website and searching for food security.

    Maintenance of the trees will rest partly with Council, and partly with the community. Council will help with the trees located in public parks just as they mow the lawns, trim the roses etc there already. For later plantings we are hoping to get more ongoing community involvement. For example, Council has agreed that when a street tree in front of an Unley house dies, it can be replaced at the property owner’s request with a fruit or nut tree. The expectation will be that the adjacent property owner will keep an eye on the tree – particularly in the early stages.

    As far as what happens to the fruit and nuts – it’s a wait and see matter. I expect that animals will have a go at some. However, we also planted walnuts, and citrus trees whose fruit will survive in a greater quantities we think.

    Peter Croft

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