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Community garden for Ranui

Media Release
4 June 2004

Community garden for Ranui

Residents of a small neighbourhood in Ranui will be able to harvest their own fruits and vegetables with the creation of a community garden at Marinich Reserve.

Massey Community Board approved the development at its latest meeting.

At present the reserve is undeveloped grassland with a children’s playground near the road.

A steering group from the local group Ranui Action Project, developed the idea of a garden, which would include vegetables, fruit, flowers and harvestable materials such as flax.

A community garden group will be formed to manage the develop facilities such as a raised garden bed and a shed for tool storage.

Board Chairman Bob Jessopp says, “This is another excellent idea from the Ranui Action Project and a great opportunity for local residents to work together. We wish the group every success with this “earth breaking” project and look forward to a network of community gardens across the city.”

Other organisations supporting the project include the local Tongan Church and the Earthsong “eco village.”

Aims include promoting vegetable and fruit growing and consumption as well empowering the community through training opportunities.

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