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Grandview Community Garden Trust
Grandview Community Garden is a community garden where people from many different cultures work alongside each other, growing their own fresh produce and learning new skills. New members, visitors and volunteers are welcome. In in 2013 we began restoring an area of neglected waste land with a focus on Nga Rongoa. The aim is to provide inspiration to members of the community including the local refugee/migrant community, Western Community Centre and schools. Work so far includes clearing weeds, planting more than 150 plants, creating a walkway and delivering public workshops to many participants. To date more than 50 volunteers have had direct involvement in the projects and many more have been shown around the site. As the site is developed the next stage is to engage gardeners and members of local and wider community in the project, an important aspect of which is giving back to the environment. An important aspect of Rongoa Maori is respecting plants and the natural environment as te Wao nui a Tane or seniors (tuakana). Learning to give to the environment which we receive so much from is key to healing and staying healthy. In practical terms the project is to turn a weedy gully and native forest remnant/ swamp area into an educational and attractive native area which will provide habitat for tui and other species as well as a sustainably harvested supply source of Maori medicinal and useful plants for the local community (by arrangement with the garden trust).