Scarecrows on Rossmoyne

How do you engage with your street community? It’s a question that’s pretty central if streets and communities are to become the functional group in a re-localised society, but it’s remarkably difficult. One of the things that I think is part of the trick is to ensure that there is a variety of opportunities for…

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Return to Our Apple Tree

I’ve got to admit I was a bit skeptical. I’d been to a couple of the recent working bees at Our Apple Tree and had been a little let down by the turn-out. They reminded me of an anecdote about a group who helped start community gardens. They would hold an initial meeting and if…

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And then there were six (a busy weekend part II)

Our nature strip has been a great success. At times, when the kids are asleep and I’m avoiding doing the housework, I just spend a little while watching passers-by stop and consider what it is exactly that they’re looking at. Some look around as if they are on hidden camera and this is some sort…

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Treading Lightly to the Pub

It’s been a frantic week at Treading Lightly HQ. The Johnson Strip, our plant to reclaim the nature strips has made a quantum leap. Our nature strip is still looking great and the second box is really starting to fill up nicely with green as you can see. This is obviously making people consider what…

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So Much To Share/Make/Mend!

Wow there’s a lot going on. Not quite sure how that makes sense, since it’s now dark, cold though sadly not wet! I guess when people would rather be inside they are more likely to plan things rather than just get out and do. Either way here’s a brief post with some ideas and events.…

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The Johnson Strip Seeks Approval

Turns out for all my dreams of anarchic planting I’m actually a goody two shoes, front of the permaculture, gold star for following the rules sheep. As such tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow is the day when the council comes to tell us whether we are allowed to do the nature strip planting that…

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Reclaiming ‘our’ curb

It’s been a busy weekend. Our nature strip has been sitting in partial completion for too long so this was the weekend to actually finish it. We got another load of wicking bed componentry except this time we have chosen to go for an aggregate (I believe they call it 1minus) rather than scoria. Partially…

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Food is Free

I normally try to avoid just re-posting from other places half because I think it’s a little lazy and half because I’m still not sure what blog etiquette is and I don’t like upsetting people. That said I think this needs to be posted as is (and my thanks to reclaim the curb for putting…

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The Johnson Strip (part 2)

We decided we needed to make a start. We would like to show people, or at least demonstrate how a boring strip of grass could become an engaging space. Problem one. Grass. We thought over a couple of options. Poison seemed clearly against the whole ethos of our plan and covering it in plastic or…

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“More trees less assholes!”

Nikki had a confused look on her face. “I don’t get it, why does it take somebody making a TED talk to realise this?”. She’s right of course. In a culture where obesity and diabetes is on the rise how come we need somebody to point out something so obvious like the need to reconnect…

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