‘Eat' streets are a neat feat
AFTER a week in the ground, the 26 citrus trees planted by Bellingen High and Primary students were ready for a drink on Monday. And they received it thanks to Suzy Taylor and Ben Wright, part of the North Bellingen Community Gardening Service team, an offshoot of the highly successful garden itself.
The trees are part of the Edible Streetscapes project, which aims to provide food, training and shade for future generations, not to mention half-time oranges at Connell Park sporting events, as 10-year-old Robin observed as he enthusiastically patted soil around a mandarin.
According to Transition Bellingen member Olivia Bernardini, the vision is to see Bellingen as a model “local food town”, providing the community with a direct experience of harvesting and eating fresh and seasonal food.
These trees will also provide opportunities for young people to learn skills such as pruning, harvesting and conserving produce in the years to come. The Edible Streetscapes project is a joint initiative by the Chamber of Commerce, the North Bank Community Garden and Transition Bellingen, supported by the Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance. Stage 2 of Edible Streetscapes is planned for next autumn.