LONGWARRY // THE BAW Baw shire has planted eight fruit trees in Longwarry following overwhelming public support for the idea.
Above: One of the trees in Longwarry. Photo: Jack Lacy.
First published in the 25 September 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
The trees, planted at Hackett Park and the park in Stockman’s Way, are part of the Food for All Baw Baw Project, which aims to create opportunities for locals to access fresh, locally grown produce.
The council paid $224 for the trees from a local supplier and will maintain them organically.
Mayor Debbie Brown said if the trial was successful similar plantings could take place across the shire.
“Not everyone has enough room in their backyard for a fruit tree, so it makes sense for the council to plant a few fruit trees in our local parks for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Brown said in a media release.
Cr Brown encouraged everyone to only take their fair share.
“When the trees mature enough to bear more substantial quantities of fruit, we encourage residents to take only what they can carry in two hands to ensure there is enough to go around for all,” she said.
Fruit varieties planted include apricot, plum, lemon, lime, nectarine and orange.
A community garden and orchard is also being developed next to the Longwarry Public Hall by local volunteers.
“The [garden is taking] shape and will be a great place for residents to connect, build their skills and produce their own food,” Cr Brown said.
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