Tree scheme is bear­ing fruit

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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