In 2010 Mandy McMullin, on behalf of Grey Lynn 2030, successfully won the support of the old Western Bays Community Board to fund a community orchard on Francis Street reserve. Although the project didn’t go ahead as the soil was found to be too contaminated for fruit trees, Grey Lynn 2030 received the remaining funds ($2400) as a contribution to its own tree planting initiatives particularly through the Wilton Street Community Garden.
The Grey Lynn 2030 steering committee has decided that the most effective way to ensure that the money is well spent is to contribute to the Fruit Trees for Auckland project. With our sponsorship of $1000 we will see 33 fruit trees planted in the wider Grey Lynn area.
‘Fruit Trees for Auckland’ is run by transition town group Mount Eden Village People who want to see our parks, reserves, schools and grass verges planted with fruit trees so that there is free and healthy food available for everyone in our community. They are aiming to raise $30,000 by March in order to plant 1000 trees in 2012.
If you wish to plant a fruit tree in front of your house or, if you would like to see more fruit trees in your children’s school or kindergarten or in our parks, reserves and next to playgrounds check out their website.