If you want the Food Forest you have to come! – Have Your Say Day. This Saturday 21st July

What:Come and find out about the exciting proposal for community food forest which is at 38 Winton Rd Ashburton! Come and share your ideas, give us your feedback, get involved at our interactive stall. Meet some of the local community members who are working on this innovative community sustainability project. The Have Your Say Day is a collaboration with the Boroondara Council, which is seeking resident feedback before the proposal is approved to proceed. Free BBQ too.

Where: Winton Road Reserve,  38 Winton Rd Ashburton

When: Sat 21st July 10:30-12:00

kids are welcome!

The Have Your Say Day has been organised by City of Boroondara departments for Environment & Sustainable Living and Parks & Gardens, together with the Food Forest Ashburton Group and the Craig Family Centre. 


Our draft design- feedback welcome!

The proposed food forest involves planting a range of fruit and nut trees with supportive understory in a portion of the reserve. A proposed first stage would see around 12 trees planted, with potential for additional trees to be planted in a future stage.

There would be an all-abilities gravel path and the draft landscape plan also allocates a space for a potential park shelter in the future.  The planted area would remain open to the public, and the plantings would be maintained by the FFA Group and interested community members, with Council support.

The draft design will be refined based on advice from Council and feedback from local residents.

Give us your feedback and ideas on the design!

1. Come to the Have your say day, 10:30-12:00 Sat 21st July at Winton Road Reserve

2. Comment via this blog

3. Complete the council survey  http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/ashburton-food-forest

Stage 1

Stage 1 plus future stage 

What is a food forest?

A food forest is a replication of a natural forest ecosystem but with edible plants. Food forests recreate  forest ecosystems using trees, shrubs and herbs that are useful for humans. As in a forest there are several layers and microclimates which support a variety of plant life, microbes in the soil, insects, lizards and birds. Plants are intercropped essentially creating a polyculture landscape of edible plants.

When established food forests are sites of incredible diversity and abundance. The mix of shrubs, ground covers, and fruit trees produce an abundance of food all year round. Food forests are different from conventional orchards or vegetable gardens in that they are relatively self sustaining, pesticide free and enhancing for a vast array of bioorganisms (including humans!), they are places that support life.

To see video examples of food forests go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG_vRG66wkA :Video of Geoff Lawton showing a series of food forests that have been planted at Zaytuna farm over successive years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftgWcD-1Nw : One of the extras featured on Geoff Lawton’s DVD “Establishing a Food Forest” the Permaculture Way available from http://www.permaculture.org.au

Ashburton survey shows strong support for a community food forest

A community survey about the Food Forest was undertaken by the Craig Family Centre between Dec 20th 2011 and Jan 31st 2012. This preliminary survey was used to gauge community support and feedback for a possible community food forest on three potential sites in Ashburton (all located on council managed land). All houses within a 250m radius of each site were delivered a survey with a return prepaid envelope.

The findings show that there is wide support in Ashburton for the community food forest concept.  For the full report and findings click here- AFF Survey summary report