Tree scheme is bearing fruit
An initiative to provide free fruit for Aucklanders is growing.
Fruit Trees For Auckland is asking schools, early childhood centres and other community groups to sign up for a free fruit tree as its yearly giveaway approaches.
It is in a position to provide around 300 trees after receiving a $10,000 grant from the Lottery Grants Board.
The group is part of the Mount Eden Village People organisation and in 2008 it planted 100 trees in parks and on grass verges as a pilot project.
‘‘In schools it makes sure kids have free access to healthy food,’’ project coordinator Judith Holtebrinck says.
‘‘The educational aspect is that kids know where food is coming from and the trees secure food for the future,’’ she says.
Since its beginning the group has planted more than 700 trees fruit trees in Auckland.
‘‘It’s really growing. Ideally we would like to have an ongoing budget to make sure we can supply the community with trees every year,’’ Mrs Holtebrinck says.
Bearing fruit: Fruit Trees For Auckland project co-ordinator Judith Holtebrinck is encouraging schools, early childhood centres and community groups to come forward and claim a free fruit tree.