• $3680 Pledged

  • $15000 Goal

  • 24% from 45 supporters
  • Campaign Ended
Dollars Matched by.
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Tucker Bush for Schools

  Mark Tucek      Perth, Australia, Australia

Tucker Bush helps schools around WA plant and grow their own native edible gardens. We provide educational resources for a fruitful teaching & learning environment.

The Tucker Bush Schools Program gives young Australians the opportunity to grow and learn about native edible species that thrive in our soils and climate, helping them develop ‘nature smarts’ from an early age alongside their peers, and fostering an interest and passion for their food and environment.

Through the program, we’ll set up interested, eligible primary and secondary schools with online fundraising facilities. Following a successful fundraising campaign, we’ll then provide them with an Aboriginal Cultural incursion, plan the garden and run an educational workshop. A starter pack of 20 native bushfood plants will be delivered to the school, and learning & teaching resources for staff and students.


How students benefit from a bushfood garden

  • Developing “nature smarts” from an early age through first-hand experiences.
  • Strengthening their understanding and awareness of food and biodiversity.
  • Practising teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills in an interesting setting.
  • Getting hands-on learning opportunities outside the sedentary classroom environment.
  • Learning about plants, soil, water, pests and beneficial insects.
  • Eating herbs and veggies they’ve grown themselves.
  • Connection to country through an Aboriginal perspective as the plants are both medicines and a source of food for good health and well-being.

School gardens created through the Tucker Bush Schools Program will contribute to the NGIA 202020 Vision. Students experience hands-on learning about the natural environment and benefit from increased Aboriginal Cultural awareness—the impact of which may help shape them and their community for years to come.

There is also growing evidence that the quality of our relationship with nature impacts on our mental health. By allowing children to be in contact with nature in the outdoors, allows for long-life development and conservation values into the future.

Other benefits include healthier eating, incidental exercise, confidence building, improved STEM & analytical abilities, improved focus & memory, stress relief, and positive impacts on mood & psychological wellbeing.

Who are we?

The Tucker Bush Schools Program is a joint venture between Marissa Verma (Bindi Bindi Dreaming) and Mark Tucek (Tucker Bush). Marissa is a Noongar Aboriginal woman with traditional knowledge of native bushfoods and extensive experience in educating youth about Noongar culture. Mark has over 30 years' experience in the horticultural industry; he founded Tucker Bush to promote a cultural shift towards a sustainable ecosystem, a secure and diverse food supply, and happier, healthier humans.

Despite being a small team, Tucker Bush already has the support of Aboriginal Ambassadors, horticulture industry professionals, horticulture media and community media, along with Australia-wide wholesale and retail distribution, and an engaged following on social media.

  • $3680 Pledged

  • $15000 Goal

  • 24% from 45 supporters
  • Campaign Ended
Funds generously matched by our partners.
BACK THIS PROJECT
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  • Social Media Shoutout

    Support with $10
    We'll make a classy graphic thanking you for your contribution and post it on your choice of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Choose this reward more than once for a shoutout on more than one social media platform.

  • Thank you from Us

    Support with $10
    Marissa and i are grateful for you support. Don't want a contributor reward? Choose this option to set your own contribution amount (defaulting to $10), with no reward. You can contribute anonymously, too, if you want.

  • Tucker Bush Recipes E-Book

    Support with $20
    A collection of over 25 of our favourite bush food recipes including some from Australia's leading chefs. We cover entree, main & dessert using native edibles and even have suggestions for drying your own native herbs & spices, preserving and pickling, and making your own sauces and syrups.

  • Bill the Bush Tucker Boy Book

    Support with $25
    Bill the Bush Tucker Boy grows and eats plants which originate from all around the world. Join Bill the Bush Tucker Boy on his journey to discover edible plants native to Australia, Bush Tucker. This book includes the interactive technology of Augmented Reality, so download the Blippar App on your device, scan the indicated images within and watch the images come to life in motion and animation.

  • Tucker Bush Seeds

    Support with $30
    Want to try growing your own Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) and Sandalwood Nut trees? Well send you a handful of seeds with germinating instructions for these Tucker Bush plants to try at home. (We don;t recommend Gubinge for cold southern Australian areas unless you have warm areas protected from cold/frost)

  • Tucker Bush Spices

    Support with $40
    We'll send you some of our own organically grown Fresh Tucker Bush dried bush spices. Native Thyme. A savoury herb that can be used for many savoury dishes. Bush Basil. Unlike traditional Basil but more like 5 Spice. Very aromatic. Lemon Myrtle. Queen of the lemon herbs

  • Maalinup Bush Tucker Talk and Tastings

    Support with $55
    A welcome in Noongar language and introduction by Elder Dale Tilbrook followed by an informative talk covering:a brief local Aboriginal history, Traditional Aboriginal agriculture and food. Walking across the land according to our Noongar six seasons, accessing and sharing different food resources and then on to the food itself: Contemporary popular bushfoods and uses Herbs, spices, peppers and fruits to sniff, touch, taste Sauces, jams, oils and chutneys to try Some delicious food incorporating Aboriginal flavours to try. .10% discount on any purchases on the day excluding paintings on consignment. Date - TBA Saturday morning
    56 left

  • Behind the Scenes Wholesale Nursery Tour

    Support with $65
    This behind the scenes tour of a modern wholesale nursery will show you how we propagate and produce Tucker Bush (and other) plants. We will show you the journey they take from seeds & cuttings to the finished retail plant ready for dispatch. There will be an opportunity to purchase plants at wholesale afterwards. Once only opportunity. Location - Perth Hills Dates Available - Thursday November 15th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 20th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 27th 2.00pm (40 places)
    118 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Tie

    Support with $150
    This unique luxury contemporary tie is designed by WALALA TJAPALTJARRI an Aboriginal artist. Walala is a traditional male artist from the Gibson Desert who comes from an extraordinary background.
    1 left

  • Grow and Graze Evening Perth (March 2019)

    Support with $150
    Fancy learning more about growing and preparing some of Australia's fantastic native edibles? A collaborative and unique event Grow and Graze Perth 2019 will introduce guests to the TuckerBush native edibles range. Mark Tucek draws on three decades of horticultural experience and offers insights and advice on growing seasonal native plants. Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming will talk on the Aboriginal significance of the bushfood will be enjoying. Robyne Low, Chef and owner of RiverMint Dining, will discuss ways in which various native ingredients can be prepared, complete with recipe offerings and accompanying tastings & recipe cards. You will enjoy a selection of Bunuru inspired canapes and paired drinks on arrival. A grazing table of seasonal native edibles followed by some delicious desserts featuring native ingredients.
    50 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Scarf

    Support with $200
    These luxury contemporary scarves are designed by Aboriginal artists. Made with Pure Silk 70cm x 200cm. Handcrafted in Australia.
    1 left

  • Bush Tucker Walk Perth

    Support with $550
    Bush Tucker walk (for up to 40 people) with morning tea sharing cultural knowledge of Aboriginal culture at a significant cultural site. A great choice for a corporate outing. North & South of the river options available.
    4 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Metro Area

    Support with $1000
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth (Metropolitan) school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    20 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Regional Country W.A

    Support with $2500
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth W.A regional country school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    10 left

  • The Ultimate Bushfood Experience Melbourne

    Support with $6000
    We'll tailor a unique and unforgettable Dégustation experience for 20 people.with a focus on using locally sourced and native Australian ingredients. We'll share with you the stories of the food in an intimate private dinner with Aboriginal Chef Zach Green using traditional herbs and spices
    1 left

  • Community Tucker Bush Garden

    Support with $25000
    We'll engage a local community on your behalf to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of a regional town to help establish a Community Tucker Bush Garden. By supporting this project and vital services that engage local communities, you or your organisation will take reward in the fact you are helping foster a sense of place and encourage social participation through opportunities and activation of public spaces.
    1 left

 

The Tucker Bush Schools Program gives young Australians the opportunity to grow and learn about native edible species that thrive in our soils and climate, helping them develop ‘nature smarts’ from an early age alongside their peers, and fostering an interest and passion for their food and environment.

Through the program, we’ll set up interested, eligible primary and secondary schools with online fundraising facilities. Following a successful fundraising campaign, we’ll then provide them with an Aboriginal Cultural incursion, plan the garden and run an educational workshop. A starter pack of 20 native bushfood plants will be delivered to the school, and learning & teaching resources for staff and students.


How students benefit from a bushfood garden

  • Developing “nature smarts” from an early age through first-hand experiences.
  • Strengthening their understanding and awareness of food and biodiversity.
  • Practising teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills in an interesting setting.
  • Getting hands-on learning opportunities outside the sedentary classroom environment.
  • Learning about plants, soil, water, pests and beneficial insects.
  • Eating herbs and veggies they’ve grown themselves.
  • Connection to country through an Aboriginal perspective as the plants are both medicines and a source of food for good health and well-being.

School gardens created through the Tucker Bush Schools Program will contribute to the NGIA 202020 Vision. Students experience hands-on learning about the natural environment and benefit from increased Aboriginal Cultural awareness—the impact of which may help shape them and their community for years to come.

There is also growing evidence that the quality of our relationship with nature impacts on our mental health. By allowing children to be in contact with nature in the outdoors, allows for long-life development and conservation values into the future.

Other benefits include healthier eating, incidental exercise, confidence building, improved STEM & analytical abilities, improved focus & memory, stress relief, and positive impacts on mood & psychological wellbeing.

Who are we?

The Tucker Bush Schools Program is a joint venture between Marissa Verma (Bindi Bindi Dreaming) and Mark Tucek (Tucker Bush). Marissa is a Noongar Aboriginal woman with traditional knowledge of native bushfoods and extensive experience in educating youth about Noongar culture. Mark has over 30 years' experience in the horticultural industry; he founded Tucker Bush to promote a cultural shift towards a sustainable ecosystem, a secure and diverse food supply, and happier, healthier humans.

Despite being a small team, Tucker Bush already has the support of Aboriginal Ambassadors, horticulture industry professionals, horticulture media and community media, along with Australia-wide wholesale and retail distribution, and an engaged following on social media.

  • Social Media Shoutout

    We'll make a classy graphic thanking you for your contribution and post it on your choice of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Choose this reward more than once for a shoutout on more than one social media platform.
    left

  • Thank you from Us

    Marissa and i are grateful for you support. Don't want a contributor reward? Choose this option to set your own contribution amount (defaulting to $10), with no reward. You can contribute anonymously, too, if you want.
    left

  • Tucker Bush Recipes E-Book

    A collection of over 25 of our favourite bush food recipes including some from Australia's leading chefs. We cover entree, main & dessert using native edibles and even have suggestions for drying your own native herbs & spices, preserving and pickling, and making your own sauces and syrups.
    left

  • Bill the Bush Tucker Boy Book

    Bill the Bush Tucker Boy grows and eats plants which originate from all around the world. Join Bill the Bush Tucker Boy on his journey to discover edible plants native to Australia, Bush Tucker. This book includes the interactive technology of Augmented Reality, so download the Blippar App on your device, scan the indicated images within and watch the images come to life in motion and animation.
    left

  • Tucker Bush Seeds

    Want to try growing your own Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) and Sandalwood Nut trees? Well send you a handful of seeds with germinating instructions for these Tucker Bush plants to try at home. (We don;t recommend Gubinge for cold southern Australian areas unless you have warm areas protected from cold/frost)
    left

  • Tucker Bush Spices

    We'll send you some of our own organically grown Fresh Tucker Bush dried bush spices. Native Thyme. A savoury herb that can be used for many savoury dishes. Bush Basil. Unlike traditional Basil but more like 5 Spice. Very aromatic. Lemon Myrtle. Queen of the lemon herbs
    left

  • Maalinup Bush Tucker Talk and Tastings

    Support with $55
    A welcome in Noongar language and introduction by Elder Dale Tilbrook followed by an informative talk covering:a brief local Aboriginal history, Traditional Aboriginal agriculture and food. Walking across the land according to our Noongar six seasons, accessing and sharing different food resources and then on to the food itself: Contemporary popular bushfoods and uses Herbs, spices, peppers and fruits to sniff, touch, taste Sauces, jams, oils and chutneys to try Some delicious food incorporating Aboriginal flavours to try. .10% discount on any purchases on the day excluding paintings on consignment. Date - TBA Saturday morning
    56 left

  • Behind the Scenes Wholesale Nursery Tour

    Support with $65
    This behind the scenes tour of a modern wholesale nursery will show you how we propagate and produce Tucker Bush (and other) plants. We will show you the journey they take from seeds & cuttings to the finished retail plant ready for dispatch. There will be an opportunity to purchase plants at wholesale afterwards. Once only opportunity. Location - Perth Hills Dates Available - Thursday November 15th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 20th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 27th 2.00pm (40 places)
    118 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Tie

    Support with $150
    This unique luxury contemporary tie is designed by WALALA TJAPALTJARRI an Aboriginal artist. Walala is a traditional male artist from the Gibson Desert who comes from an extraordinary background.
    1 left

  • Grow and Graze Evening Perth (March 2019)

    Support with $150
    Fancy learning more about growing and preparing some of Australia's fantastic native edibles? A collaborative and unique event Grow and Graze Perth 2019 will introduce guests to the TuckerBush native edibles range. Mark Tucek draws on three decades of horticultural experience and offers insights and advice on growing seasonal native plants. Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming will talk on the Aboriginal significance of the bushfood will be enjoying. Robyne Low, Chef and owner of RiverMint Dining, will discuss ways in which various native ingredients can be prepared, complete with recipe offerings and accompanying tastings & recipe cards. You will enjoy a selection of Bunuru inspired canapes and paired drinks on arrival. A grazing table of seasonal native edibles followed by some delicious desserts featuring native ingredients.
    50 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Scarf

    Support with $200
    These luxury contemporary scarves are designed by Aboriginal artists. Made with Pure Silk 70cm x 200cm. Handcrafted in Australia.
    1 left

  • Bush Tucker Walk Perth

    Support with $550
    Bush Tucker walk (for up to 40 people) with morning tea sharing cultural knowledge of Aboriginal culture at a significant cultural site. A great choice for a corporate outing. North & South of the river options available.
    4 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Metro Area

    Support with $1000
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth (Metropolitan) school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    20 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Regional Country W.A

    Support with $2500
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth W.A regional country school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    10 left

  • The Ultimate Bushfood Experience Melbourne

    Support with $6000
    We'll tailor a unique and unforgettable Dégustation experience for 20 people.with a focus on using locally sourced and native Australian ingredients. We'll share with you the stories of the food in an intimate private dinner with Aboriginal Chef Zach Green using traditional herbs and spices
    1 left

  • Community Tucker Bush Garden

    Support with $25000
    We'll engage a local community on your behalf to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of a regional town to help establish a Community Tucker Bush Garden. By supporting this project and vital services that engage local communities, you or your organisation will take reward in the fact you are helping foster a sense of place and encourage social participation through opportunities and activation of public spaces.
    1 left

 

The Tucker Bush Schools Program gives young Australians the opportunity to grow and learn about native edible species that thrive in our soils and climate, helping them develop ‘nature smarts’ from an early age alongside their peers, and fostering an interest and passion for their food and environment.

Through the program, we’ll set up interested, eligible primary and secondary schools with online fundraising facilities. Following a successful fundraising campaign, we’ll then provide them with an Aboriginal Cultural incursion, plan the garden and run an educational workshop. A starter pack of 20 native bushfood plants will be delivered to the school, and learning & teaching resources for staff and students.


How students benefit from a bushfood garden

  • Developing “nature smarts” from an early age through first-hand experiences.
  • Strengthening their understanding and awareness of food and biodiversity.
  • Practising teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills in an interesting setting.
  • Getting hands-on learning opportunities outside the sedentary classroom environment.
  • Learning about plants, soil, water, pests and beneficial insects.
  • Eating herbs and veggies they’ve grown themselves.
  • Connection to country through an Aboriginal perspective as the plants are both medicines and a source of food for good health and well-being.

School gardens created through the Tucker Bush Schools Program will contribute to the NGIA 202020 Vision. Students experience hands-on learning about the natural environment and benefit from increased Aboriginal Cultural awareness—the impact of which may help shape them and their community for years to come.

There is also growing evidence that the quality of our relationship with nature impacts on our mental health. By allowing children to be in contact with nature in the outdoors, allows for long-life development and conservation values into the future.

Other benefits include healthier eating, incidental exercise, confidence building, improved STEM & analytical abilities, improved focus & memory, stress relief, and positive impacts on mood & psychological wellbeing.

Who are we?

The Tucker Bush Schools Program is a joint venture between Marissa Verma (Bindi Bindi Dreaming) and Mark Tucek (Tucker Bush). Marissa is a Noongar Aboriginal woman with traditional knowledge of native bushfoods and extensive experience in educating youth about Noongar culture. Mark has over 30 years' experience in the horticultural industry; he founded Tucker Bush to promote a cultural shift towards a sustainable ecosystem, a secure and diverse food supply, and happier, healthier humans.

Despite being a small team, Tucker Bush already has the support of Aboriginal Ambassadors, horticulture industry professionals, horticulture media and community media, along with Australia-wide wholesale and retail distribution, and an engaged following on social media.

  • Social Media Shoutout

    Support with $10
    We'll make a classy graphic thanking you for your contribution and post it on your choice of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Choose this reward more than once for a shoutout on more than one social media platform.

  • Thank you from Us

    Support with $10
    Marissa and i are grateful for you support. Don't want a contributor reward? Choose this option to set your own contribution amount (defaulting to $10), with no reward. You can contribute anonymously, too, if you want.

  • Tucker Bush Recipes E-Book

    Support with $20
    A collection of over 25 of our favourite bush food recipes including some from Australia's leading chefs. We cover entree, main & dessert using native edibles and even have suggestions for drying your own native herbs & spices, preserving and pickling, and making your own sauces and syrups.

  • Bill the Bush Tucker Boy Book

    Support with $25
    Bill the Bush Tucker Boy grows and eats plants which originate from all around the world. Join Bill the Bush Tucker Boy on his journey to discover edible plants native to Australia, Bush Tucker. This book includes the interactive technology of Augmented Reality, so download the Blippar App on your device, scan the indicated images within and watch the images come to life in motion and animation.

  • Tucker Bush Seeds

    Support with $30
    Want to try growing your own Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) and Sandalwood Nut trees? Well send you a handful of seeds with germinating instructions for these Tucker Bush plants to try at home. (We don;t recommend Gubinge for cold southern Australian areas unless you have warm areas protected from cold/frost)

  • Tucker Bush Spices

    Support with $40
    We'll send you some of our own organically grown Fresh Tucker Bush dried bush spices. Native Thyme. A savoury herb that can be used for many savoury dishes. Bush Basil. Unlike traditional Basil but more like 5 Spice. Very aromatic. Lemon Myrtle. Queen of the lemon herbs

  • Maalinup Bush Tucker Talk and Tastings

    Support with $55
    A welcome in Noongar language and introduction by Elder Dale Tilbrook followed by an informative talk covering:a brief local Aboriginal history, Traditional Aboriginal agriculture and food. Walking across the land according to our Noongar six seasons, accessing and sharing different food resources and then on to the food itself: Contemporary popular bushfoods and uses Herbs, spices, peppers and fruits to sniff, touch, taste Sauces, jams, oils and chutneys to try Some delicious food incorporating Aboriginal flavours to try. .10% discount on any purchases on the day excluding paintings on consignment. Date - TBA Saturday morning
    56 left

  • Behind the Scenes Wholesale Nursery Tour

    Support with $65
    This behind the scenes tour of a modern wholesale nursery will show you how we propagate and produce Tucker Bush (and other) plants. We will show you the journey they take from seeds & cuttings to the finished retail plant ready for dispatch. There will be an opportunity to purchase plants at wholesale afterwards. Once only opportunity. Location - Perth Hills Dates Available - Thursday November 15th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 20th 10.00am (40 places) Tuesday November 27th 2.00pm (40 places)
    118 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Tie

    Support with $150
    This unique luxury contemporary tie is designed by WALALA TJAPALTJARRI an Aboriginal artist. Walala is a traditional male artist from the Gibson Desert who comes from an extraordinary background.
    1 left

  • Grow and Graze Evening Perth (March 2019)

    Support with $150
    Fancy learning more about growing and preparing some of Australia's fantastic native edibles? A collaborative and unique event Grow and Graze Perth 2019 will introduce guests to the TuckerBush native edibles range. Mark Tucek draws on three decades of horticultural experience and offers insights and advice on growing seasonal native plants. Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming will talk on the Aboriginal significance of the bushfood will be enjoying. Robyne Low, Chef and owner of RiverMint Dining, will discuss ways in which various native ingredients can be prepared, complete with recipe offerings and accompanying tastings & recipe cards. You will enjoy a selection of Bunuru inspired canapes and paired drinks on arrival. A grazing table of seasonal native edibles followed by some delicious desserts featuring native ingredients.
    50 left

  • Kirrikin Aboriginal Scarf

    Support with $200
    These luxury contemporary scarves are designed by Aboriginal artists. Made with Pure Silk 70cm x 200cm. Handcrafted in Australia.
    1 left

  • Bush Tucker Walk Perth

    Support with $550
    Bush Tucker walk (for up to 40 people) with morning tea sharing cultural knowledge of Aboriginal culture at a significant cultural site. A great choice for a corporate outing. North & South of the river options available.
    4 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Metro Area

    Support with $1000
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth (Metropolitan) school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    20 left

  • Tucker Bush School Garden Regional Country W.A

    Support with $2500
    This reward will enable a school on our waiting list to jump the queue and have their own Tucker Bush garden become a reality . With your donation, a Perth W.A regional country school will get an Aboriginal Cultural incursion and a starter pack of bushfood plants to kickstart their garden. Your contribution will be recognised with your name or business name on a commemorative plaque in the garden.
    10 left

  • The Ultimate Bushfood Experience Melbourne

    Support with $6000
    We'll tailor a unique and unforgettable Dégustation experience for 20 people.with a focus on using locally sourced and native Australian ingredients. We'll share with you the stories of the food in an intimate private dinner with Aboriginal Chef Zach Green using traditional herbs and spices
    1 left

  • Community Tucker Bush Garden

    Support with $25000
    We'll engage a local community on your behalf to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of a regional town to help establish a Community Tucker Bush Garden. By supporting this project and vital services that engage local communities, you or your organisation will take reward in the fact you are helping foster a sense of place and encourage social participation through opportunities and activation of public spaces.
    1 left