There are several community gardens located in the Blacktown area. They are places where residents can learn new skills, help improve our community's access to fresh food, make new friends, and share in the work of maintaining the garden.
View our short film to learn what community gardening is all about.
Gardens managed by us
We actively manage 3 community gardens in Blacktown City under our Access to Fresh Food Policy. The programs operating in these gardens have a focus on:
- education and community capacity building around sustainablie living and organic gardening
- improving access and consumption of fresh locally grown food for our community, including for vulnerable groups within our community
- encouraging healthy eating and lifestyles.
The gardens managed under this program include Showground Community Garden, Bungarribee Community Garden, and Sustainability Hub at Grantham Heritage Park.
Independent community gardens operating in Blacktown City
There are several community gardens that are run independently in Blacktown City. These gardens are often initiated and run by community groups, schools, religious and cultural groups. If you would like to join one of these gardens, contact them directly or email email@example.com for more information.
Where are the gardens located?
Bidwill, Oasis and Shalvey community gardens are equally supported by Housing NSW, Community Greening, Community Offenders Service and Juvenile Justice.
Why join a community garden?
- Opportunity to participate in activities to grow fresh local food
- Meet others interested in gardening
Gardeners are able to share produce, resources, skills and social time
Learn new skills from more experienced gardeners
Share or swap ideas on different ways to use the produce
Enjoy outdoor time with family and or friends
Learn about gardening sustainability through:
Water conservation and water-wise gardening
Managing and improving soil through composting, worm farming of garden waste recycling
Inclusion of basic Permaculture design principles in community gardens
Use of organic gardening practices, no dig gardening principles, natural pest and weed control techniques
Could I bring a group or could my class of school students join the garden?
If you wish to bring a group to the garden please contact us on 9839 6055 to arrange your visit.
What about disabled access?
The community garden which has full disabled access facilities is the Blacktown Showground Community Garden, where parking and facilities are adjacent to the garden, and pathways are small and level, with raised accessible garden beds. For more information, please contact us on 9839 6000.
When can I go gardening?
The community gardens all have different days when they are open. Contact the gardens directly or phone 9839 6055 for more information.
What do I need to bring or wear when gardening?
Always wear suitable covered sturdy footwear, definitely no thongs or sandals. A hat for sun protection, suitable clothing for protection from sun, any branches or prickly plants (raspberries, borage and the like) and a pair of your favourite gloves are all that is required. If you don’t have gloves, there are some available at the gardens. If you wish, bring a water bottle although there is drinking water at each of the community gardens.
Can I bring my dog or children?
Families with children are most welcome to participate in activities in the community gardens. Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times. Children should wear suitable covered footwear, and sun protection like their parents. Gloves in small children’s sizes are also necessary to protect our young gardeners from possible insect bites.
Dogs must always be on a leash and under control, any droppings must be picked up and disposed of appropriately, as responsible dog owners would do in any public place. Before bringing your dog, please check with your individual community garden for their particular guidelines or rules regarding canine visitors.
How are the gardens managed
Council-run gardens are managed by staff with the support of volunteers who assist with the upkeep of the gardens, and contributing to the projects objectives. Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the planning of some of the activities held at the gardens including skills workshops, open days, and events.
Independent gardens have their own management structure and process of making decisions and often encourage members to participate in decisions on how their garden is run.
For more informaiton contact us on 9839 6055.
How can I get involved?
We run a volunteer program at the 4 community gardens managed by Council. Volunteers assist with the upkeep of the gardens, and contributing to the projects objectives. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to contribute to your community; develop new skills; expand your interests; meet new people; and participate in fulfilling activities. If you would like to register your interest in volunteering at one of the community gardens managed by Council, fill in the volunteer registration of Interest form.
If you would like to join one of the independant gardens you need to contact them directly.
For further information phone 9839 6055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I start a new community garden in the Blacktown area?
A community garden is a wonderful resource to have in the local community, and in order for them to be successful, there must be a suitable number of gardeners attending regularly to tend and care for the garden.
If you would like to see a community garden in your suburb, firstly talk around in your community and find those interested in the idea of a new community garden. Then ring Council’s Environmental Services team and talk to the staff about your ideas and follow their advice on the next step. Council requires a group of about 10 to 15 interested and committed community members wanting to start a community garden as a pre-requisite for consideration of the concept of a new community garden.
Some helpful websites for those interested in a new community garden