Selected sites on Council-owned land in Marton is being offered to community groups to run community garden projects.
Following a request from a group of residents in Marton, Council is delighted be able to offer selected sites on Council-owned land to community groups to run community garden projects(1). Over the coming months, Council will identify sites in other townships that are similarly suitable.
Below is a list of sites that Council has identified as suitable for use as community gardens and information about how groups can make an application to use a site.
Please click on the following link for further information regarding the sites: Community Garden Suitable Sites List
*The areas identified are indicative only, and depending on the nature of the community garden project you are interested in establishing you may feel that another area at one of the A list sites maybe more suitable. If this is the case please specify this in your written application for consideration.
Applications for use of one of the above identified sites must be made in writing to the Chief Executive of Rangitikei District Council and should state:
- The name and contact details of the applicant (including, if appropriate the group or organisational details) and the management structure for the proposed garden.
- The objectives of the intended community garden (these are the outcomes or values that the group will be operating by, for example; to run a community garden based on the principals of perma-culture).
- Details of who will be entitled to use the community garden and how they will be able to access it.
Council defines a community garden as:
“A small scale low-investment neighbourhood communal gardening venture, growing vegetables, fruit and/or flowers. It uses vacant or unspecified open space – either in the public domain, or owned by another organisation or business (for example by a church or through a public housing body). Community gardens may have an explicit gardening philosophy such as organic growing, permaculture or biodynamic gardening, or they may allow participants with individual plots to manage them as they see fit, for example allotments. They may also establish nurseries to propagate and raise seedlings for their gardeners.
Criteria for use of Council land as a community garden
In return of use of Council land as a community garden, community groups must ensure and be aware of the following minimum criteria:
- Council must have a named contact person from the group. This person will be the liaison for Council. The contact person is responsible for updating Council on any changes in contact person.
- The community garden established must operate on a not-for-profit basis and not for commercial gain.
- The community garden must operate on open and inclusive principles (3) including the involvement of multiple parties.
- The community garden must be maintained to a neat and tidy standard (4).
- The community garden must be kept free from unwanted, noxious and invasive weeds. Please refer to Department of Conservation and Biosecurity New Zealand (5) for information regarding pest weeds.
- Council will inspect the site at least annually. Council will notify the contact person in writing of any concerns or if the garden is not being maintained to a neat and tidy standard.
- Council will have a formal agreement (lease type arrangement) with any group wishing to establish a community garden on Council land .
1. 10/SPP/143 "That expressions of interest from community groups are sought for the "A" list sites, having regard to the criteria for suitability of both site and the applicant provided by the operational guidance included in the report "Development Criteria around Community Gardens"
2. For example, those who can benefit from/use the garden must be defined and all individuals meeting that definition must be entitled to participate.
3. This means not to be overgrown or left unattended, and should be kept free from weeds and pests. Rubbish should not be left at the community garden site or dumped illegally and all tools should be tided away. Council reserves the right to return any untended community garden area to its original state.