Field ripe for harvest


White Gum Community Orchard members with Fremantle councillors including Dave Coggin, Ingrid Waltham and Josh Wilson (back row). Steph Jennings is second from right.
White Gum Community Orchard members with Fremantle councillors including Dave Coggin, Ingrid Waltham and Josh Wilson (back row). Steph Jennings is second from right.

Created in 2014, the members of the White Gum Valley Community Orchard group are now one step closer to realising their goal after receiving a grant of more than $8000 under the national Stronger Communities Program.

The grant will be used to build a recycled timber and limestone shed and install new drip reticulation.

Group convenor Steph Jennings said the group’s initial focus was on a tropical zone, growing bananas, mangos, paw paw and avocado, as well as a bush tucker zone.

“The group early on decided on a focus on an orchard principally for big fruit trees that struggle to fit into our small backyards and in a community space can grow long- term and produce delicious and healthy tree-ripened fruit,” she said.

“There are approximately 40 trees on site and some productive shrubs.

“It is amazing to see the orchard unfolding from ideas in our heads to plans on paper, to thriving trees approaching our first harvest.

“W still have a long way to go but this year with this grant money will see the majority of the orchard established and our vision really come alive.”

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