At Bellfield Community Hall, corner of Oriel Road and Banksia Street, Bellfield.
The Bellfield Community Garden was initiated in 2014 by Banyule City Council, members of the closed Ivanhoe Community Food Garden (their garden closed due to selling of the land in March 2014) and members of the Bellfield and Banyule community. In May 2014, a community meeting to establish the level of support for a community garden in Bellfield was held at the Bellfield Community Centre, with approximately 80 residents in attendance. At a subsequent meeting, two working groups were initiated to establish the garden. The garden was incorporated in November 2014, and is entirely run by volunteers, who (by early 2015) had constructed 22 garden plots, planted 20 fruit trees, built a four bay composting system, a children’s play area and facilitated installation of a water tank and composting bays.
The aims of the garden
The three main aims are:
- To develop an open space community fruit and vegetable garden for individual community members and community groups who want to engage in, and learn about, sustainable gardening practices.
- To provide a meeting place for individual community members and groups to develop a community gardening identity.
- To promote the Bellfield Community Garden within the Bellfield neighbourhood, and across the Banyule council area and neighbouring council areas, and to form strong community partnerships to enhance and influence the success of the garden.
Here are some pictures from the initial preparations: