Homewares & Interiors

3000acres Brings New Life to the Concrete Jungle

By Bronte Modica
24th Feb 2014

Living in the concrete metropolis that is Melbourne, many of us are denied a few small luxuries in life, including consistent public transport, reliable weather and a backyard to call our own.

Now, thanks to the recently-launched 3000acres project, we can cross one of those luxuries off the list – it's time to round up your shovels, urbanites, and find that green thumb of yours!

For those of you itching for the gardening experience, 3000acres is here to help connect the community with empty land, so you can spend your days surrounded by green foliage and fresh air. Win!

An initiative aiming to help locals take advantage of vacant land by transforming these plots into food gardens and community hubs with room for learning, experimenting, eating and connecting with the environment, 3000acres is here to make a difference.

Taking inspiration from the highly successful 596 Acres in New York, 3000acres will give Melburnians a place to call their own, as well as provide them with access to the environmental and health benefits that come hand in hand with growing your own food close to home.

Launched in Fitzroy as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, the first 3000acres site was donated by community-minded developer, Neometro. Neometro's 9 Smith Street, Fitzroy site is home to 3000acres stage one, with 12 lots available on a first-come first-served basis (with a low membership fee).

9 Smith Street, which has already seen the likes of pop-up art galleries and cafes, will be the perfect escape from the daily grind, offering Fitzroy locals more green, less grey.

Sizing up Kensington, North Melbourne and Darebin for the next pop-up gardens, 3000acres hopes to expand even further as the movement gains attention. So keep your eyes peeled and your gardening gloves ready, 3000acres could be setting itself up near you soon!

Image Credit: 3000acres Facebook.

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