On October 7th 2014, the first of 100 Granny Smith Apple Trees were planted on site at Royal Rehab in Putney - starting the Bennelong Gardens Heritage Orchard.
2014 saw the launch of the Bennelong Gardens project after a long strategic planning process, to which each tree is sponsored for $1,000 – which will fund set up costs for the BENNELONG GARDENS project.
Administered by Achieve Australia, BENNELONG GARDENS came about when John Alexander envisaged profitable use of vacant public land within the electorate, for the social benefit and employment of the disabled, with the assistance of retirees and other volunteers.
Bringing its skill across social enterprises, Achieve Australia provides disability employment and volunteering to coordinate the participating organisations to form the backbone of the project.
In consultation with local councils, around 100 acres across Bennelong has been identified for commercial gardens development.
The unused land will be used for large scale community gardens, and produce will be sold on site at the gardens. Several volunteers and retirees will join employees with disabilities on site, who have shares in the business, ultimately deriving an income from the produce – in order to gain economic independence.
Bennelong has a rich history of market gardening, and is the home of the Granny Smith Apple. The setup of BENNELONG GARDENS will be funded through corporate and individual sponsorship of $1,000 each, for apple trees to create the Heritage Granny Smith Orchard.
If you would like to sponsor a tree, or get involved, do not hesitate in contacting our office in Epping: 9869 4288 | John.Alexander.MP@aph.gov.au.
Bennelong Gardens’ Partners:
- Achieve Australia
- Royal Rehab
- Ryde City Council
- NSW State Government
- Northern Sydney Institute (TAFE NSW)
- Australian Native Landscapes
- Harris Farm Markets