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.
Bidwill Community Garden
- Location: Chestnut Crescent, Bidwill
- Contact: 0415 836 531 or email email@example.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
The garden has a number of attractive productive vegetable beds, with natives and flowering plants to attract good instects. The garden also features a drip irrigation system and rainwater tank.
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 sustainable productive home gardens by providing the opportunity to learn through workshops run by local volunteers.
Lindley Square Community Garden
This is a new community garden in Bidwill that is currently in the planning and consturction stages. If you would like to get involved, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with the local residents who are preparing to start this garden.
Oasis Community Garden
- Location: Rossvale Street, Toongabbie
- Contact: Karabi Neighbourhood Centre phone 9688 1084, or email email@example.com
There are established trees and plants in a delightful quiet setting.
Quakers Hill Uniting Community Garden
- 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 seeing the garden grow.
Riverstone Community Garden
- Location: Park Street, Riverstone
- Contact: Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre 9627 3622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Location: Blacktown Showground, Garden Gate, Richmond Road, Blacktown
- Contact: email@example.com
- 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.
Productive diverse gardens with disabled access raised garden beds growing vegetables, fruit trees and native plants and shrubs. Irrigation system to water the garden, with shared gardening activities.
The Ponds Community Garden
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The first step to create your community garden is to find a group of enthusiastic and committed local residents to support the possible new garden. 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, call us on 9839 6055 or email email@example.com