Step 1: You
What you need to know
What is a community garden?
A community garden is a small, shared gardening venture. The food is grown by and used for the community rather than for selling. Growing fruit and vegetables is a fun and affordable way of getting fresh food into meals. A neighbourhood garden can also help make sure the wider community has easy access to tasty, healthy food.
What types of community gardens are there?
Types of community gardens are:
- Those on private land, such as the Grandview Community Garden in Nawton.
- Those on public land, such as the Waimarie Community Garden.
What support can council provide?
We want to shape a green city that focuses on sustainability and protecting the environment. Depending on the level of support needed, Council can:
- connect in with organisations like Go Eco and EnviroSchools
- support the development of a community garden network
- provide a space for community gardens when the criteria is met
- help with awareness and getting the word out.
What do the community garden owners need to do?
Community gardens are often set up by a community group. While each garden - and the group looking after it - will be different, the group will:
- manage the community garden and make sure the community and Council are kept informed.
- be legally responsible for the garden.
- run the garden day-to-day and make sure it’s well maintained
- organise and manage the funding of the garden.
Step 2: You
Apply to set up a community garden
Step 3: Council
What happens next?
Someone from our team will be in touch with you regarding your application. Until then, you can learn more about our community garden guidelines below.
Last updated 27 July 2023