August 2, 2008

Plans Afoot for Community Garden

By FRASER, Bruce

FIORDLAND COLLEGE and the Te Anau Environment Group plan to establish a community garden beside the college this year.

Environment Group spokeswoman Annie Roska said more than 50 people turned out this week to hear Riverton-based sustainability advocates Robert and Robyn Guyton's guidance on setting up the garden.

The group had been looking for a community garden venue and the link with the college, which had land available and a strong focus on environmental education, had been ideal, she said.

The garden would be a useful teaching opportunity as well as enabling participants to produce food economically.

Mr and Mrs Guyton also spoke about their efforts to rescue old fruit trees before they were destroyed by the wave of development sweeping the south.

Ms Roska said the group had been told of several old orchards in the district including an apple tree at Martin's Bay.


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