DESIGN ELEMENT

8. Beautiful and productive gardens

DESCRIPTION

A wide range of gardens, both productive and aesthetic, including:

  • Fruit

  • Nut

  • Vegetable

  • Traditional use (e.g. pikopiko, mānuka, kawakawa)

PURPOSE AND EXPLANATION OF MECHANISM

A focus on native species, but also inclusion of exotics as appropriate

  • To give tamariki opportunities to experience all the benefits of better understanding where their kai comes from and how to grow things

  • To foster a connection with the natural world

  • To engender an environmental ethic

  • To encourage activity and reduce obesity

  • To provide opportunities for our whānau to teach our tamariki traditional skills and tikanga around activities such as kūmara, pikopiko, and mānuka cultivation, harvest and use.

  • To be beautiful for beauty’s sake