Fruit trees in parks

Principal Petitioner Eryn Clark, Zillmere
Date Closed Tue, 23 May 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 25 signatures

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Residents request Council to establish a trial, planting and sustaining suitable Community "Fruit Trees" in Lez Trezona Park, Zillmere. There isn't any at the moment and these fruit trees will assist us to engage more as a community and to get to know our neighbours better and build strengthened relationships, so we can all learn about the Importance of fruit trees and what wonderful sharing comes with not only eating the delicious fruits, but also the gained knowledge and awareness of us in the community.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council work with us to reduce, minimise and eliminate any known or foreseen risks (make it safe), so we can plant our fruit trees for the community to enjoy. For example, experts (arborist, environmentalist) working with us to support our "Fruit Trees in Parks" project getting off the ground and initiated in Les Trezona Park first and potentially other parks throughout Brisbane City; helping us to ensure its sustainability and to get the information out there for the public interest and to help in our park ambience being more inviting.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council establish a trial planting of fruit trees in Len Trezona Park, Zillmere.

Your petition was considered by Civic Cabinet at its meeting held on 18 September 2017, on behalf of Council which is currently in recess.

Council currently has no plans to trial fruit tree plantings in Council parks. Council does not actively plant fruit trees in parks as fruit drop and the attraction of pest animals are risks that cannot be reasonably managed and are not usually accepted by the community. Further, maintaining fruit trees to maximise fruit production often does not align with Council's desired outcomes for park trees, which are maintained to maximise shade, minimise watering requirements, minimise general pruning and other maintenance requirements and ensure clear sight lines from ground level up to approximately two metres to support the safety of park patrons.

Council would potentially allow fruit tree plantings in Len Trezona Park if it was within the formal framework of a community garden. For information on how to start, maintain and get the most out of a community garden please visit Council's website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search 'Community Garden Guide'.

Council also provides financial support for non-profit community-based groups and organisations to establish, develop and maintain community gardens on Council-owned and other land through Council's Cultivating Community Gardens Grants, subject to certain approvals having been granted. For further information, search 'Cultivating Community gardens Grants' on Council's website.