What you want to do in the public space and why?
Take people in the city on a journey of plant appreciation and local stories, with a focus on native edibles and useful plant (but not exclusively native plants) This will be done by creating a walking trail that connects 6- 8 story spots where the magic of a plant or group of plants is shared through a descriptive story about why the place or plant is so special. This will be done through a walking tour that links the areas together. These walking tours can be either lead live by different people or virtually through a pre-recorded story that you can log into online and follow. It would include specialists and community members who can each lead with a slightly different focus, this can include performance art and retelling the history of Darwin before the city was built, a focus on Larrakia history, a focus on connection to wildlife or a focus on nature therapy and finding peace and connection to nature even in the city. Potentially they can be lead live to start off the tours and then people are encouraged to listen to pre-recorded tours and stories. More permanent signage or creative interpretation can be left in place with information about the plants and places, or as a link to listen to the audio tours. This project will include looking at current plans for the green spaces and parks, who they are managed by and include planting of 50 - 60 native appropriately selected edible and useful plants (bush tucker) that have provenance in the area. This project will inspire people in the city to learn more about our native plants and their significance and connect to this place and its history, equally walking will be encouraged and green spaces linked together. This could feed into to some overall urban planning of how these natural urban spaces can be linked together in a holistic manner. My interest is inspiring people to value natural assets and particularly plants as they are fundamental to human life, people have bought plants to Darwin and plants have been essential to a very long history of survival of indigenous people in Darwin.
How you will make this project happen?
Areas would be scoped out as “story spots” and some research done into the history of the areas, historical sites and the featured plants and the species found already in places. Initial consultation will be needed with city planners and park managers to find out who manages the areas that will be included in the plants and people journey potential for having interpretation and further plantings. A small group can be formed to advice what areas will be included and which plants are of interest/ significance. Interpretation (eg. Signs etc ) The walking tours would be decided upon and tour guides found and a schedule within the budget compiled. QR codes or a virtual tour could also be considered. (Recorded and done through headphones)
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
Tours could happen on a schedule over a couple of months (say once a fortnight?) or be available for the foreseeable future/ a selected period. This would occur in 2020 depending on funding. Any plantings would ideally happen within the wet season.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Permission to plant the trees and a maintenance agreement would be needed from the land managers. Public liability insurance would be needed by tour guides.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
Expert advice would be sought from Top End Native Plant Society, native plant growers. A Larakia representative would be involved/ consulted. If using a pre-recorded virtual tour expertise would be sought from sound and storytelling specialists such as Story Projects etc. Include significant tree register.
How will you know your project is successful?
Participants and feedback- who goes on the tour. Look at ways to count this including surveys if people are taking a self-guided tour. The self-guided tour could be found online and then the access to this can be counted.