Community Gardens in the Eastern Suburbs: Woollahra Municipal Council Area

This post is the final post in the three-part series of community gardens within the Eastern Suburbs. This finally brings us to the Woollahra Municipal Council area and the gardens that have been established within these vibrant suburbs.

Considering that this area contains many suburbs and lots of open green lots, there are currently only two community gardens located within the area:

– Rose Bay Community Garden

– Paddington Community Garden

ROSE BAY COMMUNITY GARDEN

Location

Woollahra Park near oval 2 (behind the Woollahra Colleagues building)

General Info about the garden from the Woollahra Council website 

The Rose Bay Community Garden was officially opened in July 2014, to provide a space to create a beautiful garden for the local community, where people can learn, socialise, have fun, and grow organic fruit and vegetables.

The site is fenced and includes individual allotments, a shelter and a shed.

How to get involved?

The garden is having a Grand Opening on Saturday 25th October at the garden and you can find out more about the garden and membership then.

Links and email for Rose Bay Community Garden:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RoseBayCommunityGarden

Email for more info: info@rosebaycommunitygarden.org

PADDINGTON COMMUNITY GARDEN

Location

Trumper Park. Located at the rear of the Palms Tennis Courts, adjacent to the Council Nursery, and access is from Quarry Street.

General Info about the the garden from the Woollahra Council website:

On 29 January 2008, Council resolved to establish a Community Garden at the Trumper Park location.

The site is fenced and includes individual allotments, a shelter, water tanks and seating.

The garden acts as a demonstration site for the community to utilise small sustainability measures in their own homes and gardens like water tanks. The site is also used by Council’s Waste department to conduct community workshops on composting, worm farming and no dig gardening.

How to get involved? AND Membership (Information from the Paddington Community Garden website) 

The garden members require you to copy and fill out an expression of interest form as there is a membership waiting list for space in the garden, this form must be filled out and hand delivered to the letterbox at the community garden – Quarry Street, Paddington.

The form can be found here.

When there is a vacancy you will be notified to come along to the garden to gain some skills, to meet and get to know other members. You will need to attend 2 working bees and 2 workshops on composting/worm farming and organic and no dig gardening.

At the workshop a member of the committee will give you a membership application form to complete. Your application will be reviewed by the committee at their next meeting.

Links for the Paddington Community Garden: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaddingtonCommunityGarden

Website: http://www.paddingtoncommunitygarden.org.au/

My first foray into Coogee Community Garden

On Sunday I did something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a loooong time, I finally went to a community garden gathering! For about two years now, I’ve walked past various community gardens around Sydney and daydreamed about harvesting my own fresh kale, spinach, broccoli..and the list goes on.

My closest community garden in the area is Coogee Community Garden (located on Dolphin Street), which is conveniently a five minute walk from my place! I moved to Coogee almost two years ago now and absolutely love it, it has such a little village atmosphere feel for a suburb so close to the city. I’d walked past the site where the community garden currently is and over the past two years watched it blossom from a vacant lot, to many healthy and happy vegetables growing in MANY plots!

It was great to finally connect with the Coogee Community Garden and its members. Everyone was so friendly and open, and it was a great first experience into gardening in an urban environment. I started off weeding and talking to various members, then moved on to getting the mulch around all the plots to prevent weeds from getting into them.

Overall the experience was really great, getting my hands dirty and meeting vibrant people from the surrounding community was a great thing to connect to on a relaxing Sunday.

So thank you Coogee Community Garden 🙂

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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.

Community Gardens in the Eastern Suburbs: Randwick City Council area

Are you interested in finding your green thumb? Are you wanting to grow your own food but have no backyard? Have you walked past community gardens and wanted to join but didn’t know how?

This post is for YOU! This post is the first of three posts which will be dedicated to identifying all of the thriving community gardens specifically within the three local councils of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs: Randwick City Council, Waverley Council and Woollahra Municipal Council.

The post has been created in order to make it easy for people to see all of the community gardens that exist within the Eastern Suburbs, and to have a look at their group pages and websites.

Randwick City Council – Community gardens

Randwick Community Organic Garden

Location
The Northern end of Paine Reserve on the corner of Rainbow and Botany Streets, Randwick (187-203 Botany Street)

General Information about the garden from the RCOG website
RCOG is a community of gardeners interested in working towards a sustainable future by growing fresh organic produce and plants, learning about organic gardening and permaculture techniques, sharing skills and knowledge with the local community and cultivating the health of soil, plants, wildlife, people and community. We don’t use pesticides or herbicides, we create our own composts and collect our own rainwater. We share the fruits and vegetables of the communal gardens and tend our own plots.
Our present motto is: ‘He who plants a garden, plants happiness’.

How to get involved?
The garden holds its monthly working bee every third Sunday of the month (10 am in winter and 9 am in the daylight saving months) Everyone is welcome to come and lend a hand!
Free Monthly educational workshops are also available for members, and non-members are also welcome for a small donation!

Membership
2014 annual membership fees are $55 for an individual ($30 pensioner/student) $80 for a household membership ($60 pensioner/student). For all membership information click here.

Links to find out more about RCOG:
Email: randwickcommunityorganicgarden@gmail.com
Website: http://www.rcog.org.au/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/128944703851767/

Coogee Community Garden

Location
Behind the scout hall on Dolphin Street

General Information about the garden from the Randwick Council website
A group of people living in Coogee who love the smell of home grown tomatoes. We want to establish a garden in Coogee so we can grow vegetables and nurture community. Over the past few years, a small but dedicated crew have maintained the enthusiasm and the dream of a community garden. And, now it is a reality!

How to get involved?
Gatherings are held on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month

Membership
Membership of Coogee Community Garden (CCG) is open to adults of 18 years and above, although children and young adults can attend the garden with their parents and guardians.

There are two kinds of active members at the CCG.
** Garden Lovers — those who participate in activities of the garden, such as using the community garden areas, but do not have a plot
**Garden Growers (Plot members) — those who have been allocated plots.
(For more information on membership, click here.

Links to find out more about CCG:
Email: coogeecommunitygarden@gmail.com
Website: http://coogeegarden.wordpress.com/ (no recent posts though)
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290920733307/

Welcome to the Connect To YOUR Community Garden blog!

This blog was launched through the realisation that in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney there are so many more people that reside here, than people who are involved with the community gardens that thrive within the area! 

I bet if you’re reading this, you’ve walked past a community garden or someone’s private garden and thought…”Hmmm, I wish I could have some of those tomatoes or some of that basil!” Then most of you have probably kept walking straight on over to some huge supermarket down the street.

HANG ON…there is a serious disconnect here with production, preparation and consumption of foods!! How did us humans go from growing our own foods, preparing them and then consuming them; to only the consumption part??

There is a nature-culture divide within urban living these days and this blog will be focusing on the benefits of growing your own food, specifically in community gardens within the Eastern Suburbs. 

The key factors that I believe attribute to this disconnect are: 

  1. Disconnect maintained by the urban living environment and lack of natural landscape surrounding Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs – not having a backyard or no where for a community garden
  2. Attitudes of society towards urban food production (people believing they can vandalise and take from community gardens)
  3. Finding the time to participate – we all know it’s hard to find time, especially when there is relatively cheap mass-produced fruit and veggies on offer down the road 

In order to help combat this nature-culture divide, this campaign will endeavour to help people living in the Eastern Suburb’s of Sydney to understand the benefits of community gardens and food production, and help people connect and have enthusiasm for urban agriculture within this beautiful area we live in! 

If you have any specific areas of interest you want the campaign to do a blog post about, please let me know! 

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter also to stay in the loop and connect with other curious future community gardeners!  

Enjoy!