Community hopes to reap what they sow

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 08:21 18/07/2014
Pioneers Park
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GREEN FINGERS: Jack Cowell, right and Alex Crisp plant strawberry plants in Pioneers Park in Washington Valley as part of the Victory Community Centre's Extending The Hub programme.

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The Washington Valley community has helped transform a section of Pioneers Park - planting hundreds of plants that bear fruit or nuts for people to enjoy.

The plants were provided by the Nelson City Council through Nelmac, and the project was co-ordinated by the Extending the Hub programme run from the Victory Community Centre.

Extending the Hub co-ordinator Katie Hughes said more than 30 people from a cross section of the community, and a mix of ages, attended yesterday's planting.

"It was really great to have so many people come along and participate and do something together. Some good community conversations were happening."

Hughes said more than 200 strawberries plants were planted, along with cranberries, persimmons, and feijoa, apple, mandarin and walnut trees.

The Washington Valley Community Group had the idea for the planting and Hughes had helped it come to fruition.

Following the planting those gathered shared soup. St Vincent St's Eat Me Fruit and Veges supplied the ingredients for the soup and fruit snacks, while the YMCA made the soup.

The Extending the Hub programme aims to extend the reach of the Victory Community Centre into neighbouring suburbs.

Hughes said a similar planting in the Bishopdale area was a possibility.

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- The Nelson Mail

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