Wellington City Council are looking for people to help look after fruit trees in Wellington. Is that you?
Imagine being able to stroll down the road and pick feijoas, quince, apples and plums for your table. Wellington City Council are looking for Fruit Tree Guardians right now – people to plant and look after trees for their neighbourhood. give free fruit trees to neighbourhood groups with a suitable site in their area.
Ideally, each tree needs about five people in your community prepared to help care for it, and you’ll need a minimum of two volunteers to sign up. As a fruit tree guardian, you will water, prune, weed and mulch to keep the trees healthy and productive.
Once you have at least two people who are willing to take care of a tree, you need to choose a site. We love sites that get good sunshine, have access to water, are sheltered and have community access.
How to apply
Have the following information on hand to make applying easier:
- names and email addresses of at least two guardians
- location and description of the proposed site.
The 2016/17 round for applications for the fruit tree guardian programme is now open. Applications close 10 April 2017. Apply here
Fruit tree guardians volunteers Fredd Marshall and Kayla Roche planted mutliple trees in neighbourhood sites.
Fredd has volunteered his time (all four Saturdays in July) for two years to planting the trees and he says “I love being part of making free fruit available to Wellington residents and enabling children to grow up with fruit trees in their neighbourhood.”
The fruit trees are planted on Council land, in schools and playgroups and guardians look after them for the benefit of the community.
To be a guardian volunteers agree to:
- Care for and maintain the fruit trees for the benefit of the neighbourhood and community. This means that the fruit produced is available to the guardian and others in the community.
- The care and maintenance of the trees includes watering over summer for the first two years, annual pruning (many of the community gardens run pruning workshops and basic details can be found online), mulching and fertilizing.
Good on Ya Wellington City Council for providing this incentive for communities!