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Food hub ‘great local initiative’ Woolston Community Centre co-ordinator Carol Brown writes about Michael Reynolds’ ambition to get a selfsustainable food hub in Woolston and the benefits it would bring to the area There has been so much attention on the bad stuff happening around Woolston, it’s time to highlight the fact that there are actually good things going on too. I have stumbled across a great local initiative getting under way. It’s called the Roimata Community Food Hub and it’s proposed to go in to Radley Park as an orchard and community garden. This project is something which I think will benefit the greater community immensely by strengthening community spirit, making partnerships and working together for the greater good. Not only will there be the obvious benefit of fresh, locallygrown fruit and vegetables reducing your carbon footprint, but there will also be hidden benefits like sharing knowledge,

PROPOSED: Radley Park could be the site for the Roimata Community Food Hub if the community rallies behind the idea.

learning where and how our food is grown, and therapy. Gardening is very therapeutic – it gives you a sense of achievement and belonging, making you feel worthwhile. Perhaps you could make some wonderful new friends while you get healthy consuming vitamins and minerals from the harvest. We have an amazing resource at our fingertips. Radley Park is a big piece of land which largely goes under-utilised. The gardens will be almost pollutant-free because there is no traffic going past. The first stage will include planting out fruit trees, which it is possible could happen in the next month. The city council and Linwood-

Central-Heathcote Community Board are supporting this venture and will hopefully grant some funds. You could be a part of transforming and evolving the park into an even better public place – a comprehensive community food resource. So don’t be shy, get involved. The contact person is Michael Reynolds via The Roimata Community Food Hub on Facebook.

Stephen Wickham writes in response to Southern View’s front page article – Opposition to multi-unit housing development mounts (March 28). I can empathise with the residents who feel they will be most affected by Multay Developments Ltd’s building proposal of four two-storey units. In my experience, wellplanned or good development seldom attracts criticism, but poor or over-development does. And I believe this could be the case here as the area involved is a very long and narrow section. Two well-designed units complementing Studholme St would be far more desirable than what I understand has been proposed. But then again, I’m not a second-tier developer wanting to farm people for maximum profits.

Reverend Michael Kerr writes about the plan to repair Ferrymead’s Cob Cottage In the March 14 edition of Southern View, I was interested to read that Cob Cottage is to be repaired following the earthquakes. In the 1950s, I lived at Te Awa Kura Tce on St Andrews Hill with my late parents and sisters. Everyday I would pass the cottage on my way into Christchurch. Then, many years ago I obtained a painting by L Baire Fribery of the cottage, with the old Ferrymead Bridge and the Yacht Club building behind it. The framed painting hangs on my wall as a constant reminder of days of yore. Memories are precious and I was glad to read the cottage will be restored.

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