Community gardens

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Overview

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow food, create habitat and connect with nature and their local community.

Community gardens can be located on different types of land including schools, churches, community centres and public parks. They could have fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, insect hotels, bee hives, chickens and frog ponds. Community gardens can serve as meeting places, meditation spaces, classrooms or wonderful and lively neighbourhood spaces. 

They are places where community members 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. 

Existing community gardens

Bidwill Community Garden
Bidwill Community Garden

  • Location: Chestnut Crescent, Bidwill
  • Contact: 0415 836 531 or email arnesenlisa.la@gmail.com
  • Opening times: 9 am - 2 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 

The garden has a number of themed garden beds of edible and non-edible plants, including vegetable gardens, orchard of fruit trees, a native patch and succulents! The garden has recieved a number of grants to make it as water-wise as possible. The garden features a drip irrigation system, a waterless composting toilet and rainwater tanks. 

Bungarribee Community Garden
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  • Location: 20 Sir Hurcules Drive, Bungarribee
  • Contact: ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
  • Opening times: 9 am - 11.30 am Thursdays, alternate Saturdays 9 am - 11.30 am, alternate Mondays 5 pm - 7 pm (Jan – March, Oct – Dec), alternate Sundays 2 pm - 4 pm (April – Sep).

The garden has a number of themed garden beds of edible and non-edible plants, including vegetable gardens, orchard of fruit trees, a native patch and succulents! The garden has recieved a number of grants to make it as water-wise as possible. The garden features a drip irrigation system, a waterless composting toilet and rainwater tanks. 

Lalor Park Community Garden
Lalor Park Community Garden

The Lalor Park Community Garden is a not-for-profit community focused group run entirely by volunteers. The garden grows a variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs. The group hopes to inspire sustinable prodcutive hime gardens by providing the opportunity to learn through workshops run by local volunteers.

Lindley Square Community Garden
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This is a new community garden in Bidwill that is currently in the planning stages. If you would like to get involved, then contact ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au and we can put you in touch with the local residents who are preparing to start this garden.

Mount Druitt Anglicare Sustainable Garden
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  • Location: 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mount Druitt.
  • Contact: 8805 0969 or email hazel.crandles@anglicare.org.au
  • Opening times: Fridays, 12.30 to 2.30 during school terms.

The garden is open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning how to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables, and is part of ANGLICARE Sydney’s Sustainable Living program.Learn about planting and maintenance of your garden, how to grow vegetables and herbs at home in this free course. 

Oasis Community Garden
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  • Location: Rossvale Street, Toongabbie
  • Contact: Karabi Neighbourhood Centre phone 9688 1084, or email cdwtnc@karabi.org.au

There are established trees and plants in a delightful quiet setting.   

Quakers Hill Uniting Community Garden
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  • Location: 32 Highfield Road, Quakers Hill
  • Contact: phone 9837 2001
  • Website: https://sites.google.com/site/qhuccommunitygarden/home
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuakersHillUnitingCommunityGarden 
  • Opening times:

The Gardening Group at Quakers Hill Uniting Community Garden is a a strong mix of local community members, Noah;s Ark Pre-school children and parents, families from Quakers Hill Family Services and families from Quakers Hill Uniting Church. Some are whole families and some are individuals but all enjoy the envigorating joy of working in the garden and "feeling" the garden grow.

Riverstone Community Garden

  • Location: Park Street, Riverstone
  • Contact: Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre 9627 3622, or email reception@riverstone.org.au
  • Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 2 pm

The garden has a number of community beds for organisations (Bhutanese group, Dementia Connections, Mens’ Shed) and some individual garden allotments.  

Showground Community Garden
Showground Community Garden

  • Location: Blacktown Showground, Garden Gate, Richmond Road, Blacktown
  • Contact: ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
  • Opening times: Tuesday 9 am - 11.30 am, first and third Saturday each month 8.30 – 11.30 am, second and fourth Sunday each month 8.30 – 11.30 am.

Disabled access raised garden beds with vegetables, fruit trees and native plants and shrubs.  Irrigation system to water the garden, with shared gardening activities.  

The Ponds Community Garden

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This is a new community garden in The Ponds that is currently in the planning stages. If you would like to get involved, then contact ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au and we can put you in touch with the local residents who are preparing to start this garden.

Willmot Community Garden

  • Location: Willmot Public School
  • Contact: 9628 0222

Community garden cared for by the community and the school.  Please contact the School Office for more details.

 

Establishing a community garden

The first step to create your community garden is to find a group of enthusiastic and committed local residents to support it. As a team, you can share ideas, the workload involved in setting up a garden, and at the same time develop relationships to ensure your garden is successful. We recommend a garden start-up group of around 10 people, with the objective of growing this group to at least 15-20 community members once the garden is up and running.

Spending some time in an established community garden will also help you gain an understanding of what's most needed to start-up a successful garden and to keep it going strong. So if you have not been involved in a community garden in the past then get in touch with some existing gardens and pay them a visit.

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network (ACFCGN) website is a great resource. Their blog post In designing community gardens, social design comes first is a must-read for anyone interested in starting a new community garden. Once you have established a strong, functional group, the ACFCGN’s factsheet Checklist for New Community Gardens can guide you through the next steps. City of Sydney's Community Garden Guidelines is also a useful resource that outlines considerations and steps involved in establishing a new community garden.

Permission will be required from the land owner to establish a community garden. Blacktown City Council supports a 'bottom-up' approach for new community gardens, where community members form a group and approach Council or other landholders for access to land and assistance.

For more information on starting up a new community garden phone Council on 9839 6055 or email ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au