West Brunswick Dunstan Reserve Food Forest has been a passion project of mine for 5 years
Before photo: “Food Forest early 2012 when the make over begins’
The original trees were planted by a group of individuals 20 years ago, within the park with great foresight of the urban greening to come. The area fell into disrepair for a number of years before Moreland Community Gardening took over the management of the space 5 years ago.
Glorious apricot in blossom.
Since this time there has been a gradual development:
- of the understory planting
- fighting back the weed-seed bank
- pruning and rejuvenating the existing trees
- planting new trees
- improving soil quality
- installing irrigation ( a big project)
- and most impressively, development and sharing of knowledge
The Food Forest encapsulates a bush food area, semi-tropical plantings, orchard space, sensory garden, berry planting and kitchen gardening. It offers an amazing space to practice urban permaculture food forest practices such as pruning, soil care, pest and disease control, design and propagation.
A beautiful old lime tree and the bare branches of a fig.
It also has a great group of people I’m happy to call friends, who are great to chat to, will share knowledge and coffee each month as they work together on the garden.
Jools and Carmen weeding and smiling.
This Saturday 19th August is one of their monthly working bee’s from 10 am – 1 pm. The group is always looking for more passionate gardeners, looking to learn and grow with this exciting space. They have some amazing plans for an event in 2018 that will blow your mind, I’m so excited about it. Consider becoming part of this fantastic group and doing something amazing for your community and yourself.
Richard clearing the site.