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Fruit trees for Auckland : 2013

August 19th, 2013

A BIG thank you to the Central LeaderElement magazineGreen Ideas NZAuckland City Harbour NewsPonsonby News for their support to plant fruit trees for Auckland. Also to the Auckland Council,New Zealand Lottery Grants BoardThe Baxter Initiative – Claire Baxter, Avondale Massage Therapy & Natural Health and a generous selection of local businesses and individuals for their financial contribution. We now have 374 people, schools, early childhood centres, community groups and individuals planting fruit trees for Auckland in August this year. This is nearly twice as many people as we had last year and we are looking forward to providing more free fruit for many years to come.

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Community fruit trees for Auckland

August 7th, 2012

We had a wonderful day planting community fruit trees on Sunday. Around 50 people joined our community fruit tree planting day in Mt Eden including our guest of honour – the wonderful Te Radar and his team from Jam TV who were supporting our vision of fruit trees for Auckland.

Thank you to everyone’s contribution, we planted 20 trees in 45 minutes – could be a gold medal if we had fruit tree planting as an Olympic sport. This will be a yearly event in our community and we are now raising funds for the planting in 2013.

Thank you to our local shops and businesses for donating the trees, to David and Ellen for the hand crafted stakes, Antony for the beautiful compost and Tree Total for the free mulch. And thanks  to the weather gods for a sunny day.

If you want to register for a free fruit tree in 2013 please go to

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Community fruit tree planting day Mt Eden Village: 5 August 2012

July 16th, 2012

We are organising a community fruit tree planting day on Sunday 5 August, at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people, learn how to plant a fruit tree, and help to provide free fruit trees for Aucklanders.

Meet at 1pm at the end of Poronui Stree Road. Please wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing, and bring gardening gloves
and a spade. Please let us know if you’re coming: Contact Judith Holtebrinck:

Home made “Linzer Torte “will be available for all helpers. This is a family event so please bring your children your children’s friends, parents and
grant parents along. The fruit tree are getting planted next to the playground at the end of Poronui street.

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Fruit trees for Auckland: Project updates

July 9th, 2012

Based on a trial project funded by the old Albert Eden Board in 2008, where we received funding for our project to plant community fruit trees with council in parks and reserves and on grass verges, community groups can now plant fruit trees in council appointed local parks and reserves.

Our vision for this year was to hand out 1000 fruit trees for Auckland. We are pleased that with the support from the New Zealand Lottery Board, local shops and donations made on our website we can now provide 600 fruit trees. This is where the trees go will:

500-550 Fruit trees for schools and kindergartens and individuals:
Schools, kindergartens and individuals who registered on our website and have been notified by us can pick up their free fruit trees on Sunday 29 of July from 1-3.30 pm at the Mt Eden Village centre.

30-50 Fruit trees for Auckland’s Transition Town groups:
Over the year we have been closely working with other Transition Town groups to make our communities more sustainable. Having free, fresh food growing in our city is part of the vision to support communities in the future and we are therefore happy to supply Grey Lynn 2030, Grow Sandringham, TT Kingsland, TT Pt Chev and TT Devonport with fruit trees for their local parks. Thank you for everyone’s support and patience on this project, we are very excited to get started and plant fruit trees together.

30 Fruit trees for Mt Eden village
We collected enough funds from our local shops to buy 30 community fruit trees that will be planted in parks and reserves close to the village with help from council arborists. Planting day is Sunday 08.08.2012 at 1pm. Home baked Linzer torte will be provided for fruit tree planters on the day. If you are free to join us please contact us.

A big thank you to our local shops and businesses for the trees:
ASB Bank Mt Eden, Chapter Tea Room, Civic Video, Eden Food, Essential Deli, Eden Garden Retirement Village, Hospice Shop Mt Eden, Jam TV, Move to Improve, Mt Eden Bakery, Mt Eden Picture Framer, Mt Eden Health and Beauty, Pomegranate, Ray White Mt Eden, Roses

and to supporters that made a donation on our fruit tree website:

Grey Lynn 2030, Hamish Stewart Catering, Post Haste Couriers, Move to Improve – Feldenkrais practice,, Pallet Lock Ltd, Gideon Geldenhuys.

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100 Citrus for schools:

August 10th, 2011

We had a wonderful day on Sunday the 7th of August providing 100 fruit trees to local schools
and kindergartens. 

All 100 fruit trees now have their roots down in their new garden homes in schools and
kindergartens all over Auckland.We would like to thank all the teachers and
parents for sharing our vision of free and healthy food by taking action and being involved in the ‘Citrus in schools’project.

We have three main goals with this project  - to support families with lowering their grocery bills; to encourage local food production;  and to teach children how to plant and care for fruit

Our commitment for July 2012 is to provide 500-1000 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens. If you want to be part of this project and suggest a site for the planting of a fruit tree please register on our website: Best wishes, Your fruit tree ladies
Judith, Justine, Karen, and Jo

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100 fruit trees for schools and kindergartens:

April 28th, 2011

The fruit tree group’s latest initiative is to introduce a community funded “Citrus in Schools” tree planting project for Auckland schools.  This project has been developed to benefit children by helping them gain a greater understanding of the importance of eating fresh fruit, and locally sourced produce.

The goal is to plant a total of 100 trees in schools and early childhood centres in the wider community by the end of July.  Schools and early childhood centres registered on our fruit trees for Auckland website will each receive up to 5 trees as well as an information pack on how to plant and care for the trees using organic methods and the benefits of eating citrus fruit.

Schools and early childhood centres registered on our fruit trees for Auckland website will each receive up to 5 trees as well as an information pack on how to plant and care for the trees using organic methods and the benefits of eating citrus fruit.

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Fruit tree planting on Maungawhau

August 16th, 2010

A joint project between the Friends of Maungawhau and the Mount Eden Village People.

What a great turnout for our fruit tree planting day on Mangawhau this Saturday. A rainy day is apparently the best day to plant trees, so this was definitely the perfect day to dig in!

Thank you to everyone involved for taking action in transforming our community into a more sustainable place. This was a team effort to bring free and healthy food into to Mount Eden that will be a nice treat on your walk up Maungawhau.

We would like to see more fruit trees planted in streets and local parks and next to playgrounds to support families to save money on their grocery bill and to educate children on where fruit comes from.

We now have 3 feijoa, 3 lemon, 2 grapefruit and 2 peach trees on our mountain. We also would like to thank Councillor Glenda Fryer from our local community board, who joined us to plant a fruit tree and supports our vision of having these community trees as part of Mount Eden.

We would like to hear what you think about having community fruit trees in our city. Please go to:  FB: Fruit trees for Auckland or suggest a site on:

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Fruit trees for Auckland

May 31st, 2010

Supermarket food prices have risen 28 per cent in the last year. With GST going up to 15%, once again we have to deal with the fact that food prices will increase further. Planting fruit trees in Auckland can help families save money on their grocery bill and secure free and healthy food for the future.

We are now collecting locations for possible fruit tree planting so we can continue to work together with council in 2011 once our current trial project has finished.

If you would like to have a fruit tree on the grass verge in front of your house or if you can suggest another location in your neighbourhood, please go to our fruit tree website and send us your preferred location details.

Please send us details of potential locations for neighbourhood fruit trees by signing up on our website.
All suggestions will be assessed for suitability before locations are chosen.

or join us on our facebook group to support this trial project:

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