Unity Gardening Project

School gardening: 9:00am - 12:00 noon, Tuesdays
Family gardening: 10:00am - 12:00 noon, Saturdays
Unity Garden, Epuni Primary School

With the help of community volunteers and Epuni School’s 101 students, we’ve converted an old football field at the school into a large, productive vegetable garden and food forest.

All of the school’s students do all stages of food production in the garden: composting, preparing beds, sowing seeds, planting out seedlings, weeding, watering, harvesting and saving seeds. Classroom lessons are planned around the garden and we run a range of public workshops and other community activities.

Bringing our students, parents and wider community together to learn new skills and foster true social sustainability is a core focus of our project.

Please join us! Together, we grow.


Julia Milne

Julia is the founder and coordinator of the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.

She is an award-winning gardener (New Zealand Gardener magazine’s 2011 Wellington Gardener of the Year) who has lived and gardened in Lower Hutt since 1995.

Julia is the owner of a fluffy white farm dog named Millie, countless chickens and a rabbit or two.


Maintaining our huge garden takes a lot of work. We are continuously preparing soil, planting and tending our garden, building new structures and having fun. If you’re a skilled gardener or an absolute beginner who’s willing to learn on the job, all help is welcome.

We are happy to receive donations of garden tools and your surplus seeds and seedlings.

Unity Gardeners

We always welcome those wishing to tend the garden - at almost an acre of cultivation and food forest, there is never any shortage of work - or learning.  We have a Sat morning session from 10 until noon but there are times available outside of this - please just get in touch.