Take part in the British Council's Edible Garden project and win a trip to the UK

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 4:00PM

By Beat Communications


Edible garden
Edible garden Credit: Beat Communications
Edible garden
Edible garden Credit: Beat Communications


This summer the British Council is launching its Edible Garden Project in association with Auckland Council.  The idea is to create vegetable gardens in urban environments within the city, to both sustainably make use of organic waste and to showcase the possibilities for implementing urban closed loop permaculture systems in environments where there may not be access to grass or gardens.

Two gardens have already been set up in Central Auckland, one at Co-Space in K Road where waste from cafes and working spaces are being put to good horticultural use, with the aim to provide fresh greens for the community come summertime. The other showcase prototype is at The Kitchen in Ponsonby, where the workspace balcony has been put to good use, utilizing 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.

Aucklanders can also get involved in the Edible Garden project. The British Council is running a competition to find garden ideas within the city urban 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 – so get planting!

“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.

Interested participants should register at with “Edible Garden Competition” in the subject line.

Entries will close 31st January 2013, with the winner announced at a special event to be hosted by UK Edible Garden expert Fabio Santos. The winner gets a return trip to the UK with the opportunity to see first-hand some of great UK edible gardens and enjoy the festival fun.