Jonathan Harker

Community Food Forest planning workshop

A one-day planning workshop was held at The Woolshed on 12 March 2016 to plan the first stages of setting up the Pukerua Bay Community Food Forest. Attendance was thinner than previous meetings, nevertheless we made a great deal of collective decisions and progress, and this was summarised into our document, Plan for Autumn-Winter 2016 (PDF). See also the Planting Guide (PDF) produced as the result of earlier research work and meetings.

Muri Reserve community food forest site
Muri Reserve community food forest site

Many thanks to go to Richard Self for ably leading our workshop process, and for sharing his experiences with the Wellington Innermost Gardens community garden!

Muri Reserve consultation results

The results are in from the Residents’ Association community consultation about the Muri Reserve. Great news – 82% of respondents support a community food forest garden in the reserve! Respondents were also in support of building a board-walk across the wetland to join the two halves of the natural zone, using the amenity area as a venue for events such as summer cushion concerts, and a formed path around the edge to connect Sea Vista Drive with the Muri station platform.

The survey questions are listed here in descending order of support.

Q3. Would you support a board-walk across the wetland to join the two halves of the natural zone?

92% Yes

Q6. Do you support a community garden or food forest in the reserve?

82% Yes

Q5. Should people be able to use the amenity area as a venue for events, such as summer cushion concerts?

82% Yes

Q4. Would you use picnic or resting areas in the natural zone if the walking access was better?

72% Yes

Q2. Do you want a formed path around the edge of the amenity zone to connect Sea Vista Drive with the Muri station platform?

62% Yes

Q1. Do you want better, easier walking access to the reserve from Sea Vista Drive, such as a formed path on the existing track?

58% Yes

Q7. Would you like to see a memorial garden in the reserve?

66% No

Q8. Would you or your children use a children’s BMX track in the reserve?

71% No

Minutes from the garden planning meeting

Thanks to those who attended the meeting last Thursday! I’m sorry I’ve left it so late but here are the minutes from the meeting.

There was a lot of lively discussion, and some of the ideas and suggestions follow:

  • A Pukerua Bay garden tour fundraiser event
  • Learn from the Island Bay Community Garden – watch the NZ documentary, Gardening With Soul (see below for the trailer)
  • Allotments produce vegetables quickly, while the food-forest take a few years to establish.
  • Allotments also provide social opportunities
  • All sorts of opportunities to involve the school
  • Start the orchard trees off in the school shade-house and get the kids involved early
  • A school trip to learn from Raumati School’s garden project
  • Use produce from the food forest in school lunches
  • Beehives
  • Heritage varieties – educational opportunities
  • Growing mushrooms in sawdust, logs, compost
  • Erosion and sediment control plan, if we do any earthworks (e.g. building swales)
  • Use the PKB Traders Facebook page

Expertise

Amongst the group here we have: gardening, beekeeping, manual labour, web and graphic design, signwriting, building, and a structural engineer, and probably all sorts of other skills I’m not aware of…!

Actions

  1. There is a “field trip” this Sunday 11 May for anyone keen – we’re going to look at Pauline’s excellent garden at 10am and then go and have a look at the proposed site in Muri Reserve (see map). I’m hoping we can get Richard and/or Tim from Innermost Gardens (Majoribanks Street, Wellington) to come along and help us with ideas.
  2. It’s great to have the RA behind the garden scheme, and it’s part of the village plan. Iain is going to follow up with getting the required official permission from Porirua City Council. This will probably involve some paperwork – some of which will come under the RA banner.
  3. Iain is also going to set up the gardens email list – more about that soon.
  4. Create an A4 poster for the dairy & school notice boards, school shade house, and something to go in the school newsletter.
  5. If we wanted to we could set about getting the long grass on the site under control with a team of mowers and weed-trimmers at any time, without the council’s permission.
  6. Also worth noting there is a Residents Association meeting on Tuesday 13 May for those interested.

2008 Residents’ Association AGM minutes

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 20 November 2008, 7.30 pm
Pukerua Bay School Hall

Approximately 40 people attended the Residents’ Association AGM. It was particularly pleasing to see a significant number of new residents in attendance.

The AGM was also attended by Councillors Leggett, Murrell and Sheppard as well as Ian Barlow of the PCC staff. The Residents’ Association expressed its appreciation for the interest shown by the councillors who regularly attend our meeting throughout the year. The excellent work undertaken in support of our community by Ian Barlow was also noted. …