July 3 2018 11:18 AM

Program in Madison, Wisconsin has seen few projects in five years.

A program to allow residents of Madison, Wisconsin the ability to plant fruit trees, nut trees and other edible perennial plants on city-owned properties has not seen a lot of traction in the five years since it was established, according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

In the five years since its inception, only six such projects have been approved.

The program allows residents and organizations to apply to use city land, including parks, water-utility properties and other locations at no cost. Anyone can reap the harvest from the plants.

One of the projects that has gotten off the ground is located at West Olin Avenue and Lake Court, where 20 apple, cherry, peach, almond and quince trees were planted in 2014. Another can be found at Triangle Park on Hollister Avenue, where 10 cherry, pear, plum and peach trees were planted the following year, as the article notes.

Eleven fruit trees and bushes were planted at Eken Park in 2017, including raspberry and gooseberry bushes and apple, cherry, plum and pear trees. There were two projects in 2017: five pear and cherry trees were planted in the 1100 block of Moorland Road and four trees — a cherry, a chestnut crab-apple, a plum and a peach — were installed in Vilas Park.

Residents of the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood participated in the first edible landscape endeavor this year.They planted three pawpaw trees and three cherry trees on Earth Day, April 21, on Madison Water Utility-owned land along East Mifflin Street adjacent to Reynolds Park.

Perhaps more residents and organizations will take advantage of the program in the future.