The greening of Auckland city is underway, with an edible garden planned for Wynyard Quarter and two already established in Ponsonby and K Rd.
The Edible Garden Project (launched by the British Council in association with Auckland Council) is all about creating vegetable gardens in urban environments within the city.
The idea is to sustainably make use of organic waste and showcase the possibilities for implementing urban closed loop permaculture systems in areas where there may not be access to grass or gardens.
At Co-Space in K Road (pictured) waste from cafes and working spaces is being put to good horticultural use; the community will hopefully be chowing down on fresh greens come summertime. The other showcase prototype is at The Kitchen in Ponsonby, where the workspace balcony has been put to good use, making use of the existing water and waste system to add planter boxes to the balcony. The boxes have been planted with edible greens for office lunches and upcoming summer events.
If this is your kind of thing, the British Council is currently running a competition to find garden ideas within city areas that integrate closed loop or efficient resource-use systems. These gardens can be simple or complex: the important elements are design, permaculture systems integration and potential for community activation or involvement.
“We want to find urban gardens that demonstrate further thinking about food growing, innovative techniques in waste and resource management, and a desire to think outside the box," says British Council project manager Gareth Farry.