Mon, 21 Jan 2013 7:00p.m.
For the past six months, North Shore gardener Di Celliers has been locked in a bureaucratic wrangle over two lemon trees.
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8/02/2013 1:37:52 a.m.
Shes supporting The Lemon Tree Project - trying to build our communities into a 'food forest'. We are having the same issues in Melbourne, Australia. We have even been awarded grant money from our local council and are now finding it difficult to put the trees in to share with our communities.
24/01/2013 2:34:55 p.m.
After reading this article I felt compelled to comment even though I live in Australia not beautiful New Zealand. I think this lady should be commended for her actions not condemned. Other parts of the world have adopted this practice with very good results. I believe our councils have way too much power & are paid far too much for doing nothing much in return. This could be an excellent way to ease the burdon on charity groups who have to try & help those that our gov. refuses to because they think they can get it for nothing if they just stand back & leave it to the charities plus it would also help with the world food shortage but then the large corporate overseas owned supermarkets would have a winge because their profits were down so it is a no win situation whichever way one goes. I would like to see everyone doing this & then the council would have to work, even if it were just to remove them :)
22/01/2013 4:58:29 p.m.
Russell malcolm wrote:
Which one of our servants is behind this crap? These fing " servants" require a mandate from us, we have not and will not be employing them for this, hand back the wages wasted up till now, plant a larger tree and hang the parasites from it.
22/01/2013 2:23:56 p.m.
Point of the matter is, its council land, Did she check to see if there were any undergrounds services, that might be effected years down the track?
So with her logic, for the council to lighten up, whats say I lived in that street and I like privet or wattly or Liquid Amber trees, and planted a few, or no room to park another car in my driveway, just park it next to her leamon trees.......where does it stop
22/01/2013 11:21:50 a.m.
Fabulous idea, shame the council doesnt back it. What about neighbourhood community groups caring for fruit trees in their local reserves? Perhaps a horticulturist could mentor. Milk in schools, fruit after school, excess into jams etc
22/01/2013 11:15:09 a.m.
Hey MRMAN, its only a small point but why would an Orchid grower be worried about lemon tree's. Also, i'm not really sure why someone who runs an Orchard would be worried about lemon tree's neither, there must be thousands of lemon tree's in bacyards all along NZ with little or no impact on either Orchards or Orchids. As to the danger to the exportable product, pizzle to that, everyone has the right to grow fruit trees on their property should they wish too, it is the Orchard growers who have brought disease to NZ, just look at the Kiwi Fruit issues, Fire Blight in Apples, Pears etc, so double pizzle. We can never have enough tree's so plant away.
22/01/2013 9:22:47 a.m.
I'm going to start planting trees everywhere in protest.
22/01/2013 9:10:16 a.m.
The Aucklansd City Council has patronisly been planting fruit trees on curbs in "lower socio areas" so children can have fruit their "parents wont give them". They do not get grand trees of the leafy suburbs, palms, plaines etc that grow to attractive bower or sentry features. Is this council objection to to lemon trees snobbery from those whom reside in the area?
22/01/2013 8:59:22 a.m.
Bailey Peryman wrote:
I am aware of a similar case in Christchurch (the 'Garden City') where three fruit-trees planted in otherwise unkempt section of the park have been labelled as 'unauthorised' and considered as an unsuitable species to be grown there.
It's quite sad really, that the lack of awareness around the need to be planting more fruit and nut trees, as well as growing more food locally (including animals), is given attention by public agencies.
Keep at it all the guerilla gardeners of New Zealand.
22/01/2013 4:14:27 a.m.
I really see the good side of this and I love the idea, however planting a lot of fruit trees is not always a good idea as they can become harbor’s of various diseases and be a nightmare for orchid owners because they can spread disease and infect entire orchids potentially destroying the exportable product if they are not kept in check and sprayed correctly. But I don’t think a few Lemon trees would be a problem. How cool would it be needing a lemon to put on some fish when it’s right out side on the street.
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