Fruit Tree Guardians

We are looking for people to help look after fruit trees in Wellington. Is that you?

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Become a fruit tree guardian

Strong fruit trees need great guardians. The fruit tree guardian programme gets communities working together to bring healthy fruit trees to local neighbourhoods.

Applications for the 2019 programme are now open.

Each year Wellington City Council partners with Sustainability Trust to provide free fruit trees to neighborhood groups who have a good spot of shared land for a fruit tree. 

Ideally, each tree needs about five people from the community who are prepared to help care for it. Two of those people will need to sign up as the lead guardians. As a fruit tree guardian, you will water, prune, weed and mulch to keep the trees healthy and productive. 

Once you have at least two people who are willing to take care of a tree, you need to choose a site. This may be a school, church, community centre, retirement home, community garden or some pre-approved sections of council land. 

In a slight change from previous years, Sustainability Trust will not be accepting applications outside these types of sites. Applications are also now directly through the Sustainability Trust website

Following the close of applications, Sustainability Trust will check things like proposed sites suitability for growing. Successful new guardians will be invited to come together for a workshop learn about fruit tree care and receive their tree/s to plant in the agreed location.  

Fruit trees love sites that get good sunshine, have access to water, are sheltered and have community access. Find out more about what type of fruit trees grow well in Wellington.

 If you have any queries, please contact, or phone (04) 385 0500 ext 714.