Community planter boxes are raised garden beds in public places filled with edible veggies and herbs, where the produce is available to any passers-by who want it. The boxes are set up by community organisations such as Local Food Connect in the hope that the community will embrace them – helping to maintain them as well as taking advantage of their produce.
Community gardens are not-for profit enterprises where the primary function is the production of food for a community of people. The garden can take a variety of forms. In North East Melbourne, they are usually either allotments or communal gardens for people who become members of the garden. Elsewhere, they may be verge gardens where neighbours share the gardening and produce or plots in public places where the produce is available to any passers-by who want it.
In 2014, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) published a series of booklets of relevance to anyone thinking about setting up a community garden. An interesting article on the subject can also be found on the Australian Community Gardens Network website.
Locations in Banyule and Nillumbik
The map below covers Banyule and Nillumbik only. Some community gardens in other parts of North East Melbourne are listed on the following websites:
For pages on particular, local, community gardening initiatives, click on any of the following links:
- Planter boxes at 10-18 Arthur Street, Eltham.
- Planter box in Main Road, Eltham.
- Planter boxes at Chute Street, Diamond Creek.
- Bellfield Community Garden.
- Garden of Plenty, Greensborough.
- Macleod Organic Community Garden.
- St Johns Riverside Community Garden, Heidelberg.
- Thrive, Diamond Creek.
- Watsonia Library Community Garden.
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