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Balcony to Bay: Gardening in the City Centre

A free in-person event for all ages. Join us on 9 March in Emily Place to discover this city landscape and Bee Sanctuary! Whether you only have a tiny window sill or balcony, or you run a big urban development project, all of us have a role in growing the health of our city!

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Balcony to Bay: Gardening in the City Centre
Balcony to Bay: Gardening in the City Centre

Time & Location

09 Mar 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Auckland, 22 Emily Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

About the Event

A free in-person event for all ages.

Sat 9 March, 2024.  10-12noon. 

Meet at Aaiotanga Community Space, 22 Emily Place.

From balcony plant pots, to urban farms, native bush to planter boxes, community gardens to compost hubs, local parks to shellfish nurseries in the harbour... Our city centre is full of growing potential and full of potential gardeners of all ages and walks of life. How do we create the conditions for more plant, insect, bird and fish life in the city centre? And in turn provide food for our community, nature classrooms for our kids, seed libraries, opportunities to meet and work together as neighbourhoods and groups, easy ways to send food scraps for composting, and a city centre more resilient to extreme weather. We can all play a role, whether it’s as a gardener, an organiser, a storyteller or content creator, an advocate, an educator, a connector, a sponsor, or a citizen scientist. It takes a village to garden our City Centre!

Join us at Emily Place to hear their story of discovery and participation.  We will also walk around the corner to visit the UoA BeeSanctuary.  Discover this amazing city oasis and compost hub.

You’ll also hear stories of our unique landscape and ecosystems of the city centre, from the dense forest of the Grafton Gully to the hidden springs and rivers, and the way humans have gardened the city centre landscape for 100s of years.

What to bring with you: - An example of a place in the city centre you care for (or want to contribute to caring for) eg. A street planter box, your balcony, a local park you want to volunteer at, a spring, a compost hub you use, a patch of weeds growing in the cut-through between buildings. - Raincoat, umbrella and walking shoes (we will be walking to the bee sanctuary.  it is only a 5-7min walk) - A plate of finger food for sharing (please label your food for people who may have allergies.What we will provide: - Art materials, nature play activities and photos challenges (for the young and young at heart) Inspiring stories! - Opportunities to capture your ideas and learnings (pens and paper provided) - Opportunities to connect with others in your community with shared interest - Opportunities to discover ways you can play a role in gardening the City Centre (in your own way, in your part of the city)

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