COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THE EASTERN SUBURBS: WAVERLEY COUNCIL AREA

Part Two of our “getting to know your garden” blog posts is all about the community gardens located within Waverley Council area.

There are currently three community gardens within the Waverley Council area:
– Waverley Community Garden
– Waverley Park Communal Garden
– 241 Bondi Road Community Garden

WAVERLEY COMMUNITY GARDEN

Location
Behind Clementson Park, corner Ebley Street and Newland St, Bondi Junction

General Info about the garden from the Waverley Council website

Established in 1999, the Garden was renewed by Council in 2007.
The Garden includes 26 ‘kitchen garden’ plots licensed out to individual gardeners, 2 double plots licensed out to community organisations and 2 plots in a children’s learning area.

The Garden also features an ‘edible native border’, composting facilities, a rain water tank, a pond, storage sheds and a shaded meeting space for public activities such as environmental education.

A licence to garden a plot will allow the individual or group to plant, tend and harvest annual (food) crops using organic gardening methods, access to a share of water, compost and mulch, and use of some shared gardening tools.

How to get involved?
The garden hosts a number of environmental workshops such as organic gardening, composting and worm farming and bush tucker.

Membership
Membership is open to Waverley residents over the age of 18.
The current annual fee is $55 and you can apply at any time.
Email Colleen at civicpride@waverley.nsw.gov.au to lease a garden plot or become a shared garden member.

Links for Waverley Community Garden
Website: http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/services/environment/parks_playgrounds_gardens/community_garden/waverley_community_garden
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaverleyCommunityGarden/

WAVERLEY PARK COMMUNAL GARDEN

Location
St Mary’s Avenue, Waverley Park – view map

General Info about Waverley Park Communal Garden (Info from the WPCG Blog)
Bondi Junction’s local Sustainability Street Group in association with Waverley Council and Transition Bondi created the garden. The garden is a 20x2m strip for a verge garden, along the fence line of the Youth Centre in Waverley Park, behind the netball courts on the Birrell St side of the Park. It is a chemical-free garden.

How to get involved?
Join us for a garden catch up on the third Sunday of the month between 10:00 am and 12:00.

Following the working bee we split the harvest between the workers then usually have a cup of tea and small picnic under the paperbark trees nearby, so if you drop by please feel free to bring something to share.

Membership
Join the group Facebook for more membership information

Links to find out more about WPCG:
Wordpress: waverleyparkcommunalgarden.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/210214755666812/

241 BONDI ROAD COMMUNITY GARDEN

Location
241 Bondi Road, Bondi (near Boonara Ave)

General Info (Obtained from Transition Bondi website)
The garden was set up as an initiative of the Transition Bondi Group . The group have community gardens at the front and the rear of this block of units.

At Transition Bondi, we enjoy growing food for everyone to share. Our Community Gardens network consists of our Community Garden at 241 Bondi Road (Community Garden HQ) and the many Verge Gardens we have created in Bondi to date.

’241 Bondi Road Community Garden’ serves as our educational gardening head quarters. Features of the garden are an Aquaponics system, a honey bee hive, a native bee hive, worm farms, worm hotels, wicking beds, raised garden beds and a herb spiral. We also like to turn previously abandoned fence posts into garden beds where we grow our organic fruit, herbs & veggies.

How to get involved?
They have Digs and Workshops. “Digs” every second Sunday of the month (except Dec 2013 and Jan 2014) – 10-12 noon. Workshops can be viewed here.

Membership
For information on membership and lending a hand, email: info@transitionbondi.org

Links to find out more about 241 Bondi Road and Transition Bondi:
Transition Bondi Community Garden page: http://transitionbondi.org/bondi-farm/
Transition Bondi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TransitionBondi

Next week will be Part Three of the community garden information and will feature Woollahra Council’s community gardens.

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