Fruit tree guardians

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

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

Applications are currently closed.

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.

When 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.

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

More information

Sustainability Trust
Phone: 0508 78 78 24 (freephone) or 04 385 0500