On Sunday 15th of July the Docklands Community Garden was opened in the middle of this new suburb. This is the product of hard work over three years of the Docklands Community, Cultivating Community, government, and a social enterprise I am involved with called Urban Reforestation.
Story by Emily Ballantyne-Brodie, Urban Reforestation director.
Peter the Garden Volunteer
There was a beautiful garden volunteer called Peter, who took people from the city on tours in his prized community garden. He told them tales about this place, the different characters and its features. Fulham Allotments, has 800 members and 400 allotments. This is one of the largest community gardens around, as well as one of the oldest! In fact this place was created as a part of the "Dig for Victory" campaigns so people during the war were able to feed themselves. Now this place is an OASIS for urban people to escape the noise, hustle and bustle of the city as well as connect to friends and grow their own fresh produce!
Over the past six months, Urban Reforestation's director Emily Ballantyne-Brodie has been assisting the Politecnico di Milano Design University to create their beautiful community garden - Coltivando "Convivial Garden". The Design and Innovation for Sustainability research lab which is a part of the INDACO department at Politecnico di Milano, is a world leading hub for sustainabile design. They are working on projects that focus on sustainable lifestyles with a particular focus on local food systems, co-housing, service design, social innovation and collaborative services.
To celebrate World Environment Day Jet Star magazine has done an article on various environmentally focussed organisations in Australia to show their good work. Urban Reforestation was a part of this selection of organisations! There are some great sustainability ideas out there. Great time to remember to take action for our beautiful planet, its habitat which includes its creative and innovative people!! ;)
Here are the Urban Reforestation reports on our Target 3008 project at Docklands, Melbourne, supported by the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund and a large amount of in-kind support.