Blitz 162 West Brunswick Food Forest
Despite the rainy winter weather, there was strong turnout (50+ volunteers!!!) for Blitz 159 held at the Dunstan Reserve/West Brunswick Food Forest Saturday 12 June. Unlike most Blitzes, the food forest design is in place in West Brunswick and the focus of the Blitz is annual maintenance of this unique public space and garden.
Following on the success of last year’s Blitz (#141), it was a great day in the food forest for the couple dozen first-time Blitzers who attended. There were a number of wonderful workshops over the course of the day – tree pruning, tree planting, and composting – with plenty of opportunity for hands on practice!
The trees, including apple, loquat, pear, hazelnut, mulberry, olive, and apricot, appreciated their haircuts and were shaped for easier harvesting and to encourage growth.
The food forest is on track for a great growing season ahead. Volunteers added a few new trees to the mix including persimmon, there’s barely a weed to be found and the existing trees got some protective mulching for the year ahead.
The full story of the food forest can be found here, along with information on West Brunswick Community Garden – our host for the day. A big, big thanks goes out to La Manna Fresh, Brunswick Supa IGA, and Vinnies Fruit who kept our volunteers fed on the day. As well, thanks to Bulleen Art & Garden for the plant and tree donations – they are happy in their new home!