A food forest planned for Lyneham

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SHANE Rattenbury says Territory and Municipal Services has been closely with a group of Lyneham residents interested in establishing a shared food forest.

“The proposed food forest would be established on a small piece of low use public land behind the Lyneham Primary School adjacent to Sullivans Creek storm water drain and a short walk from the Lyneham shops,” Shane said.

“If the proposal is supported by the wider Lyneham community, approximately 30 fruit and nut trees and complementary plants will be planted at the Lyneham site over the next couple of years. Tree and plant varieties will be selected for resistance to pests and disease and to suit local conditions.

“Volunteers will work with TAMS to establish and maintain the food forest for the shared social, environmental and health benefits of the Lyneham community.

“Educational signage will be installed explaining what is being planted, why and how the food forest is working. Lyneham residents will be invited to participate in the harvest and share the produce through community working bees.

“I encourage all Lyneham residents to provide feedback on the proposed food forest via the feedback form in their letterbox. Alternatively, people can complete an online feedback form at timetotalk.act.gov.au or a hard copy feedback form at the Dickson Library.

“Following feedback from the community the ACT Government will make a final decision about the Lyneham food forest. If approved, initial tree plantings will commence in July 2015 and residents will be invited to participate in the project,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

Consultation closes on Monday 8 June 2015. For more information visit www.timetotalk.act.gov.au.

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