Existing community gardens
Ashfield Park Community Garden
- Location: Ashfield Park, behind Ashfield Bowling Club towards Orpington Street
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Working bees: First and third Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am.
The Ashfield Park Community Garden started in March 2015. The garden is located on the north-western end of the park, behind Ashfield Bowling Club. The garden consists of a raised u-shaped garden bed and four surrounding garden beds. These garden beds are communal spaces, with a rotation of seasonal crops.
Taringa Street Community Garden
- Location: Taringa Street, Ashfield (near Alt Street)
- Contact: email@example.com
- Working bees: every second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9:30 to 10:30am
The Taringa Street Community Garden started in June 2016. The garden is located in the small reserve at the Eastern end of Taringa Street, just off Alt Street. The garden consists of three raised garden beds which are communal spaces members utilise to grow seasonal crops and herbs. For more information visit the gardens website http://taringastcommunitygarden.yolasite.com/
Mort Bay Community Garden
Punch Park Community Garden
Denison Road Playground Community Garden
The Denison Road Community Garden in Dulwich Hill is Marrickville’s newest Community Garden, officially opening in August 2013. Council worked closely with the local community to develop a design and management plan for the garden. The community garden members were successful applicants for a Sustainability Small grant in 2013 which helped pay for material to build the garden beds.
The garden has built a strong membership and is establishing a thriving garden along with healthy compost systems, with the help of coffee husks sourced from a local coffee roaster. There are public foraging beds with vegetables, herbs and fruit trees at the front of the garden – which was paved using bricks salvaged from the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre refurbishment – and there are 12 communal garden beds for members. The garden is looking for new members so please contact them to get involved.
Francis Street Community Garden
The Francis Street Community Garden is a pocket park conversion, taking up the back half of the park. The garden is unfenced and organic. The garden features shared common plots, a water tank, Gaudi-esque mosaic pathway, exotic fruit trees, olive trees, an abundance of herbs and a birdbath for the local Blue Wrens. The garden features artwork painted by the local children and a grassy knoll.
An oasis close to the busy intersection of Enmore and Edgeware Roads, this garden is a living example of community concern for engagement, the environment and urban food growing.
Haberfield Community Garden
The Haberfield Garden was established in September 2012. The garden beds are currently maintained by NSW Health and Neami Ashfield.
Leichhardt Community Garden
The Leichhardt Community Garden is based on permaculture principles.
- Location: Glover Street, Lilyfield
- Contact: Helen Reynolds, President and Garden Coordinator – 0409 819 086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whites Creek Community Garden
Whites Creek Valley Park Food Forest
Addison Road Community Garden
The Addison Road Community Garden is an unfenced, organic garden. As well as all the vegetables growing in the garden, there are also exotic fruit trees and native frog ponds with edible water plants. There is a pergola where the gardeners gather. The garden will soon be watered using a rain-fed irrigation system funded through Marrickville Council’s sustainability small grants program. The garden is a fine example of cooperative urban food growing incorporating community inclusion, education, waste management, biodiversity and permaculture. The garden has individual plots, community team shared plots, and community plots. The garden currently has individual plots available.
Marrickville West Community Garden
- Location: Henson Street, Marrickville (next to Marrickville West Public School)
- Contact: Chris on 0424 591 387, or email email@example.com
- Working bees: Last Sunday of the month from 3pm to 5pm (2 to 4pm in winter)
Marrickville West Community Garden is a mixture of communal rotating beds, personal plots, a citrus orchard, an Australian native garden and a lawn surrounded by flower and fragrance gardens that encourage bees and butterflies to visit the garden. There’s also a wild corner where you can lie on the grass under the shade of a giant Port Jackson Fig and Camphor Laurel tree. There are worm farms, a native bee hive, compost bays, and a tool shed. There’s an information board on site and a Yahoo group to keep you posted on the garden’s happenings.
There's a waiting list for the personal plots, but everyone is welcome to join as part of the garden group where you can learn about gardening and sustainable practices while waiting for a personal plot, if you would like one.
- Location: Wilkins Public School, corner Sydenham Road and Livingstone Road, Marrickville
- Contact: Suzzanne Matkowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wilkinspandc
- Working bees: Alternating last Saturday/Sunday of the month from 3pm to 5pm (2 to 4pm in winter). See Facebook page for dates. Please contact us if you'd like to get involved.
Wilkins Green was established to protect and develop the existing green space and habitat located on the western boundary of Wilkins Public School grounds.
Wilkins Green has become an important sustainable learning site featuring a school community food garden, chicken run, bush regeneration ridge and Aboriginal planting track. Many local schools and educational groups use the site. New members are welcome to participate in Open Gardens Days with access to communal garden beds.
Camdenville Paddock Community Garden
The Camdenville Paddock Community Garden occupies a generous, almost half-acre parcel of north-facing land surrounded by beautiful trees. The site is part of Camdenville Public School and through a land-use agreement, local residents and the school community manage the site.
Producing fresh, locally grown food, The Camdenville Paddock creates healthy recreational opportunities for residents of all ages to meet and work, to till the soil together and enjoy the harvest, to share information and experiences, and to build strong community relationships.
We are an allotment style garden with approximately 35 plots, a chicken coop, composting facilities, rainwater harvesting tanks and an outdoor learning area. There is currently a waiting list for plots, but we have communal areas open to all members. The garden is looking for new members so please contact them to get involved.
Cottage in the Graveyard
- Location: Backyard of caretaker’s cottage in Camperdown Cemetery, Church Street, Newtown
- Contact: Liz Ho, 0412 252 262
- Working bees: Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm
Cottage in the Graveyard Community Garden is a joint project between Newtown local residents and St Stephens Anglican Church. The community garden aims to provide a welcoming space where residents of all ages and backgrounds can meet their neighbours, form friendships, grow vegetables, fruit and flowers, care for chooks and bees and harvest local honey. There is the opportunity over a cup of tea to learn and share knowledge of organic gardening and sustainable garden practices. All plots are communal and produce is equitably distributed. New members and visitors are very welcome so please drop in if you are interested.
Turtle Lane Community Garden
- Location: 38 Oxford Street, Newtown (on the grounds of St Josephs Catholic Parish)
- Contact: Kathy McDermott, email@example.com
Turtle Lane has around 25 flourishing plots, and a positive and collaborative atmosphere among its gardeners. Gardening is undertaken using organic principles. There is an annual schedule of working bees and monthly meetings, culminating in an end of year Christmas party. The gardeners determine the ongoing and future projects to discuss developments and issues relating to the garden at the monthly meetings.
The garden promotes a sense of community where trust, effort, knowledge, skills and responsibility are shared and where creativity, quality and the environment are nurtured.
Produce and expertise is actively shared amongst the gardeners. There is currently a waiting list for plots. Please contact us to get involved.
All Saints Community Garden (Pete's Patch)
- Location: All Saints Church, 325 Stanmore Road, Petersham (access from Frederick Street)
- Contact: Kerrie Pierce 0418 233 099 or Anthony Barraclough (Minister) 9569 4735. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Working bees: Every Thursday from 1pm – join us for a free lunch and gardening in the afternoon.
Pete’s Patch is a space for all and was established to help the community meet, and friendships develop while helping tend the small, but thriving, garden. At the weekly lunch and working bees, community members can learn about sustainable veggie growing, composting, worm farming and healthy eating. All the plots are communal, shared plots.
Summer Hill Community Garden
The Summer Hill Community Garden is located adjacent to the SHARE Before and After School and Vacation Care centre. The garden was opened in 2006 and has been looked after by a local resident group since January 2010. The garden uses chemical-free gardening methods to grow herbs and vegetables as well as edible and pest repellent flowers. The garden contains a number of communal rotating crop beds, and is supplied with a rain water tank, storage shed and community composting facilities.