Community Gardens

These are the community gardens you can join. Read about what they grow, how they grow, and who to contact.

 

Anzac Park Community Garden

Location: Anzac Park, cnr Ernest and Anzac Ave, Cammeray.

Contact: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Construction started at Anzac Park in October 2018 and was the Community Garden opened on 16 March 2019. The Community Garden has brought locals and visitors together in a place that not only produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables, but also looks beautiful. Set on a large 600m2 block, the garden boasts thirteen raised vegetable beds of different heights, four large perennial herb beds all surrounded by fruit trees, bushes and vines. The garden has a large composting facility that recycles all the green waste from the site, returning it to the garden beds as compost.

The design of the garden represents the Australian Army’s Rising Sun badge, a source of pride and honor among Australians. The seven sword beds are 80cm high, and the six bayonet beds are 60cm high. This design encourages gardeners of all sizes to get involved. The four large herb beds are constructed from concrete filled sand bags providing casual seating in a military style setting.

The gardeners grow a large range of seasonal fruit and vegetables using organic gardening methods. With regular pest monitoring and the use of soaps, oils and cultured bacteria, the integrated pest management of the garden ensures that no chemicals need to be used in the production of food.

The garden is farmed as whole with no individual or ‘allotment’ beds. The garden group is split into four smaller groups. They are the Watering, Fertilizing, Pest Control and Seed Sowing. This allows members to learn and master the gardening tasks in small parts before they move to the next group to learn new skills. The Watering, Fertilizing and Pest Control groups have a weekday roster. This structure accommodates members who can’t make it on weekends, but who wish to still be involved.

The group is made of varied ages, backgrounds and cultures, creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Members attend as families, meaning that many children are always present in the garden helping where they can and learning along the way.

Anzac Park is an ‘off leash’ dog park, and while dogs are not encouraged within the gates of the garden, many members bring their dogs that happily play in the park by the garden.

The garden has cooking facilities and fruit and vegetables are harvested, cooked and shared during the weekend working bees.

All produce from the garden is for the use by members only. Please feel free to come in and have a look around, but please don’t pick anything before joining up.

Want to Join?

To join in the fun and share in the spoils contact council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au (there is no charge to become a member and basic tools and sprays are provided).


 

Forsyth Park Community Garden

Location: Montpelier Street, Neutral Bay

Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays 8.30am to midday

Contact: Henry.Freiburg@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/ForsythParkCommunityGarden

 

About the Garden

Constructed in September 2014, the garden in Neutral Bay is a project driven by the passion of local residents. Situated atop the now dis-used oil tanks at the north end of Forsyth Park it provides lovely views of the city and North Sydney's skyline. The garden was constructed from recyclable materials with views to longevity and sustainability.

The garden radiates out from an existing Port Jackson fig tree and sits perched among the canopy of some Eucalyptus growing up from the park below. It's also a fantastic spot for a picnic so bring your family down for a look!

Plantings

We have a mix of fruit and vegetables, perennials and annuals, many of which we cultivate from seed in a dedicated nursery. There are no personal "allocations" - everybody helps plant the entire garden and we all share in the harvest.

Community partnerships

The gardening team works to foster a spirit of inclusion and have formed partnerships with local schools to teach kids about the rewarding nature of gardening. If you'd like to organise a formal visit for your local school/community group/team, please let us know.

Looking to join?

We have a team of more than 50 gardeners who help out in the garden and anyone is welcome to join. There is no cost (except your time!) contact Henry Freiburg.

When?

We meet at the garden on Saturday mornings from 8.30am (10am in winter). A smaller group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Gardeners are welcome to work in the garden ANYTIME!


Milson Community Garden

Location: McDougall Street, Kirribilli NSW 2061

Contact: ysakauchi@gmail.com

Website: www.milsoncommunitygarden.org.au

Instagram: www.instagram.com/milsoncommunitygarden/

 

We work as a cooperative and so do not have allotments.

We meet each Sunday at 10.30am to work in the garden and we have a roster for watering.

Our garden is organic and we recycle food waste using the Japanese Bokashi system which we are turning into compost once it is fermented. We mulch with lucerne straw.

The garden design, based on research, is a medieval one and allows wheelchair access to 50% of the garden. The raised beds help everyone be involved as they are 600mm in height and so you can be seated or a small child can garden within easy reach. The timber beds were designed and constructed by locals, and the timber itself was sourced within Australia and is a sustainable Australian native hardwood (we wished to give an Aust mill the business rather than buy cheaper unsustainable imported wood.)

A small committee chose the first planting plan and other community members raised the plants from seed sourced from Diggers Seeds in Victoria. To cut down on transplant shock, most seeds were sown in coir pellets. This proved a great success. Children under five planted the potato beds but they are really, really interested in the heritage strawberries. Everyone keeps an eye on them to catch the strawberries when they are at their ripest. The fluid and casual nature of our gardening seems to suit everyone. Harvesting will be done by those who work in the garden. However, we are happy for people to pick small amounts of herbs (one reason why we have so many parsley plants!).

Some of what we grow: heirloom tomatoes, blueberries, carrots, arugula, beetroot, chives, purple climbing beans, "Lazy Housewife beans", Jalapeno chillies, sweet corn, arugula and mesclun mix of lettuces. Our herbs include: perennial basil and lettuce leaf basil, variegated sage, lots of parsley, pot celery, thyme and lemon scented thyme, golden marjoram and rosemary.


Community Gardens & Aquaponics

 

The Coal Loader Platform Community Garden

Location: The Platform, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton 

Contact: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

If you don’t have the space or resources at home, you can grow your own food at the Coal Loader Platform Community Garden.

But this community garden is about more than home-grown fresh produce, for you can:

  • learn about, and use, practical organic gardening methods
  • attend site-specific workshops and hands-on training
  • sow, grow and harvest organic produce
  • help reduce household waste through composting
  • meet new people through a shared interest.

Enthusiastic residents have followed environmentally sustainable principles and have been gardening, learning, laughing and enjoying the garden's harvest since day one. 

The garden group meets every Saturday 8.30-10.30 in Summer (but 9-11am in the cooler months), for the formal session, but self-timed participation is welcome throughout the week as well.

The garden is open for viewing any day of the week.

 

Want to Join?

The garden is set in the ex-industrial Coal Loader site, on the old coal loading platform.

We have 50+ gardeners who help out in the garden and anyone is welcome to join.

There is no charge to become a member and basic tools, and sprays, are provided.

Contact: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

The garden was officially opened on 24 March 2018.

 

The Coal Loader Aquaponics Project

Location: The Platform, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton 

Contact: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Aquaponics is a combination of Aquaculture & Hydroponics where fish and plants are grown in an integrated system, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two. The waste produced by the fish in the pond below is filtered through the grow bed above and the water is cleaned of excess nutrients and returned. 

On the platform there are two aquaponic beds, managed by a volunteer group that formed in mid-2018.

Once established, Council hosted a series of workshops to provide members with an initial understanding of the requirements and workings of the system.

The only piece of technology in the system is the electric pump. The system then relies on gravity and siphon valves to control the flow. The grow bed uses an expanded clay media to support the plant life which, in turn, hosts the bacteria that converts the fish waste into a form that can be absorbed by the plants for growth. It is important to remove the plant material as it grows to take the excess nutrients out of the cycle. This ensures clean water for the fish, and a steady supply of leafy greens for the volunteers.

Silver Perch, a native to Australia and very well suited to aquaponics, live in the tank below the grow bed. They are a schooling fish that prefer dark water, making the conditions in the tank perfect for their wellbeing.

Every day dedicated volunteers feed the fish, tend the plants, and record various measurements needed to maintain and understand a healthy working system. They have also developed guidelines and an operating manual. These will help all future volunteers, and visitors, to benefit from the group's collective experience.

  

Want to Join?

The aquaponics project occupies two of the raised beds on the Coal Loader Platform and is officially a sub-set of the Coal Loader Platform Community Gardens.

10 to 15 gardeners make up the aquaponics project and anyone who can commit to regular attendance is welcome to join (and receive training).

There is no charge to become a member and all physical aspects of the project are provided by Council.

Contact: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au or message the group via their Facebook page.


Platform Allotment Gardens

Location: The Platform, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton 2060

Contact: coalloader@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

  

About the Garden
The Coal Loader Platform Community Garden is set in the ex-industrial Coal Loader site, on the old coal loading platform. The garden was opened on 24 March 2018. The allotment gardens offer North Sydney residents the potential to sow, grow, and harvest their own crops all the while enjoying stunning views over the harbour.

The plots are rented from North Sydney Council for $30 per square metre, per year.

The garden is open for viewing any day of the week.

The allotment gardens aim to allow individuals to:

  • Sow, grow and harvest your own organic produce.
  • Learn about, and use, practical organic gardening methods.

  • Help reduce household waste through composting.

  • Meet new people through a shared interest.

 

Plantings

Allotment holders are welcome to plant whatever they wish as long as it is edible and grown organically. Gardeners are welcome to work in the garden any time. 

 

Availability

ALL plots are currently allocated and the waitlist is full, however if you would like to add your name to our secondary waitlist please complete this form

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCNHLVQ

 

 


Coal Loader Community Garden

Location: 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton  (see More on our location and how to get here)
Contact: coalloadercommunitygarden@gmail.com

 

The Coal Loader Community Garden group meets Wednesday 10am till 12 noon, and the same time on the last Saturday of the month.

Residents are welcome to join-in during these hours.

Being an organic communal garden without individual garden plots, everything harvested is shared among the participants at the weekly meeting.

Outside of that, there are weekend rosters for watering the garden and for chook keeping.

The garden is open for viewing any day of the week.

 

History

The Coal Loader community Garden is set in a former Coal Loader industrial site where coal was delivered, stockpiled and transferred to passenger and cargo ships until the early 1990s. The site is now The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability which includes the Coal Loader Platform, community gardens, Community Native Nursery and many other interesting facilities.

The garden was conceived in 2005 when Council invited the local community to participate in the planning and design of the area.

Enthusiastic residents have followed environmentally sustainable principles and have been gardening, learning, laughing and enjoying the garden's harvest through the seasons since 2007!


Kurraba Point Community Garden

Location: rear of 141 Kurraba Road

Contact: Streets Alive Coordinator on (02) 9936 8283

Website: www.facebook.com/KurrabaGarden

 

Come and enjoy the beauty of a semi-formal garden with a wonderful view of Neutral Bay and join a group of gardeners to produce fresh herbs and vegetables for your table.

The garden is located to the side of the path which leads from Kurraba Road to the Kurraba Point Reserve. The layout of the garden is symbolic. When you visit it, look for the purple infinity sign above a red heart. What does this mean to you? Down the hill, there is a mauve serpent and then the sun and the moon or is it an eye and an eyebrow? In the shadows, there is a small gully with luscious green plants and in the middle, a winter garden seat where you can soak up the winter sun. On the other side of the path, there is a summer seat where you can enjoy the view of Neutral Bay in cool shade.

The garden group holds a working bee and meeting on the first Saturday of the month from 9.30-11.30am. On these mornings we weed, sow seeds, plant seedlings, harvest the crop and make decisions about the future of the garden.

The garden is a great place to have a chat or just sit and read or organise your thoughts. It is a wonderful example of how a local council has used its funds to provide support for a place which residents 'own' and use in a variety of ways to enhance the quality in their lives.

 

You're welcome to establish a new Community Garden...

Council accepts applications for new Community Garden proposals... for more information contact Council's Streets Alive Coordinator on (02) 9936 8283.

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