Adopt an orchard: share the fruits of your labour!

Community orchards full of delicious fruit are on their way to Hume, and local groups are invited to adopt their very own row of fruit trees, as part of Healthy Together Hume’s Fruit Tree Project.

The initiative intends to help residents develop plantations of up to 10 fruit trees at schools, neighbourhood houses, workplaces, community gardens and places of worship.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the project would offer people the opportunity to grow fruit that could then be shared amongst their fellow neighbours.

“There is nothing like the taste of fruit that you’ve grown yourself, and the community orchards will be a fun way to help people add more fruit to their diet,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Hume City Council will supply a total of 150 fruit trees which have been lovingly cultivated by Brite Services, a local organisation that helps people with a disability to gain employment in the horticulture industry through recognised training.

“The varieties on offer for the community orchards are popular favourites, like citrus, apple, fig, pear, olive, and a range of stone fruits.”

Cr Atmaca said the Fruit Tree Project offered a unique chance for residents to get to know others in their neighbourhood.

“These orchards are designed specifically for the community to enjoy, and they are a great way to meet local people with a similar interest,” he said.

“Fruit trees are not time consuming to maintain, and you don’t have to be an expert gardener to provide the occasional serve of water and plant food.

“The community orchards will be ideal for people who enjoy watching fruit develop, and are a practical way to help residents meet the recommended intake of two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day.”

The sites of the community orchards need to offer access to members of the public and cannot be front or back residential gardens.

Healthy Together Hume is a joint partnership between Hume City Council, Dianella Community Health and Sunbury Community Health Centre.

The Victorian Government-funded initiative aims to improve the health of people who live, learn, work and play in Hume.

Community groups who can identify a potential site for between two and 10 fruit trees are encouraged to complete an expression of interest form by Friday 8 May 2015.

Forms and further information are available via www.hume.vic.gov.au/healthytogether or through calling 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 29 April 2015


Updated : 12:00 AM, 29 April 2015

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