Fruit trees planted in Unley park as part of Unley Council trial
Adelaide Now, 15 August 2012
DOZENS of fruit and nut trees have been planted in an Unley reserve in a trial to encourage people to grow produce in their backyards.
More than 60 trees, including pears, walnuts and peaches, were planted recently by Unley Council in Morrie Harrell Reserve in Ramage St.
Unley Community Sustainability Advisory Group member Peter Croft, who recommended the trial, said the orchard would provide food for residents and help build a sense of community.
"Imagine going to a park for a barbecue and being able to get a lemon straight off a tree to season your meat," Mr Croft, of Parkside, said.
"The idea is to encourage people to grow more in their backyards. This is one of a series (and) hopefully there will be lots more orchards planted."
Under the trial, residents with dead or dying street trees can also apply to the council to have them replaced with fruit trees.
"For a relatively small establishment cost, and given food security and the rising costs of fresh produce are topical, this is considered an innovative trial," Mr Faulkner told the Eastern Courier Messenger in an emailed statement.
Plans for another 20 orchard sites are being investigated by the council.
The trial is part of the council's Food Security Strategy, which was endorsed last year.