Call to join local food forest initiative

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GREEN thumbs looking to learn more about growing their own food in a sustainable and organic way are invited to a planning meeting this Sunday.

A recently-established community group is looking to develop a permaculture food forest on public land in the City of Joondalup.

A food forest is an urban approach to food production that combines hundreds of kinds of fruit and nut trees, smaller trees, shrubs, bushes, berries, herbs, ground covers, root crops, fungi, vines, perennials and other edible and beneficial plants, all planted together in a seemingly wild setting that mimics a natural woodland ecosystem.

“I see this project as very timely, given we are starting to feel the effects of climate change and the current push to plant more trees via the City of Joondalup’s Leafy City Program,” group member Avril Cox said.

“There is also currently an anti-spray sentiment within the city following a petition to urge council to ban glyphosate.”

She said the project would aim to provide improved green spaces with more diversity of flora and fauna, education through workshops, school tours, and improved community wellbeing and productivity.

The group will hold its inaugural planning meeting from 6.30pm on November 3 at the Joondalup Family Centre.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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