Community Garden

Regent Community Garden
Township/suburb:
Reservoir
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public (Sundays only, midday-3pm).

The garden was established by local volunteers (the Friends of Regent Community Garden) during the Covid-19 pandemic and funded by grants from Council and local business. Volunteers transformed an underutilised grassed area into a communal food garden with productive fruit trees, onsite composting and a rain water tank.

The purpose of the garden is to create a welcoming shared space where the community can grow nutritious food, learn gardening skills, socialise and connect with neighbours. Everyone is welcome to come along any Sunday, midday-3pm – no previous gardening experience is necessary!

A food swap and garden-to-plate cook up is held at the garden on the 1st Sunday of every month, 2-3pm.

Reynard Street Community Garden
Township/suburb:
Coburg
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

The garden was created in 2018 to increase access to to fresh nutritious foods and to provide an opportunity to educate children and adults about growing food. All beds and areas are open to the community to harvest at any time. It is a fun, interactive space where you can get your hands dirty learning horticulture skills or feel free to pick some herbs on your way home for dinner tonight!

The garden’s management is overseen by the next door Reynard Street Neighbourhood House. It has been designed to be as accessible as possible with staff members from the house trained in disability access and inclusion.

There are three small compost bins for community members to drop off green waste. They also recycle waste from the Neighbourhood House’s community lunches to create compost and feed our worm farms, which in turn fertilise the vegetable beds.

They welcome donations of plants and items but email them first.

A small group of gardening volunteers meets every Friday at 10 am and works until 12:30 pm when they break for a free community lunch! They incorporate produce from the garden into these weekly community lunches. There are also other working bees on selected Saturdays and Sundays. New visitors and volunteers would be more than welcome to any of these events.

On the third Saturday of each month, there is a food swap from 11am to midday.

Richmond Community Garden Group
Township/suburb:
Richmond
Notes (in their own words):

The group is membership-based.

The group’s aim is to create more opportunities for gardening throughout Richmond, both for growing food and for bringing people together to share and learn from each other. Membership is $10pa.

The group leases an area in the Burnley Backyard community facility at 49 Tudor Street, Richmond. This comprises 25 individual plots for rent plus some shared communal beds. They have also established 3 planter boxes on the nature strip in Tudor Street so that passersby can pick a variety of herbs and teas.

There is currently a waiting list for the individual plots. Members without a plot can still join in tending and sharing in produce from the communal beds. Members can also access a composting system, a worm farm and a supply of coffee grounds.

Rushall Community Garden
Township/suburb:
Fitzroy North
Township/Suburb:
Fitzroy North
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is allotment-based, with some communal areas.

The garden comprises around 50 allotments plus some communal areas and composting facilities. You can become a member for an annual fee of $10, which then entitles you to participate in their regular working bees, work in the communal areas and share produce, as well as to join the waiting list for a plot. Note, however, that there is currently a long waiting list for plots (around 6 years).

The garden was established around 2004. It is part of the North Fitzroy Community Gardens Group (NFCGG) who aim to enhance the sustainability of the Fitzroy North community by:

  • Respecting prior ownership of the land by Indigenous Australians.
  • Maintaining an attractive urban space where people can grow plants predominantly for food and which is accessible to the local community to enjoy.
  • Promoting sustainable organic gardening techniques.
  • Fostering the sharing and development of a diversity of gardening skills.
  • Managing the garden by consensus in an open, participatory and non-discriminatory manner.