Palmerston residents will soon be able to plant fruit and vegetables in sections of local parks and reserves, following the release of Council’s draft Edible Pocket Garden Policy for public comment.
There are many positive aspects to having this smaller style of share-gardening: it increases the amount of fresh produce freely available to the community and creates opportunities for those that may not otherwise have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
This style of gardening allows members of the community to engage in gardening activities when they may not normally have the space, and it encourages them to get involved in environmental sustainability, as well as increasing the use of green spaces throughout Palmerston.
Council has created a draft policy with simple guidelines that will allow residents to nominate a location in their local park or reserve to plant edible plants or trees.
Council asked residents to provide suggestions for improvements or ideas for inclusion on the policy, so we can implement this project.
Once established, the produce will be freely available to all; with the plant or tree to be maintained by the responsible resident. It is an initiative that is completely led by the community.
The consultation was open for public feedback from 14 August - 4 September 2018.
Council are now considering feedback.