Community Gardens

Council recognises community gardening as a valuable recreational activity that contributes to health and well-being, positive social interaction, community development, environmental education and sustainable principles, and use of open space.

Established community gardens in Willoughby include:

  • Willoughby Community Garden at Warners Park, Northbridge. This group meets on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month between 9am - midday and on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9.30am.
  • The Hub Community Garden at the rear of 32 Devonshire Street, Chatswood . This group meets fortnightly on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10am - 12pm.
  • Bongalong Street Community Garden, Bongalong Street, Naremburn. This group meets on Sunday mornings.
  • A Housing NSW garden at the Barton Road Housing Estate, Artarmon. This garden is for residents of the complex.

There is a procedure for groups wishing to form new community gardens in Willoughby. Residents are encouraged to work in partnership with Council and other organisations in the establishment of new community gardens. Establishing a community garden can be a complex process that requires consultation with a range of stakeholders. There are a number of issues that need to be considered before a community garden is initiated.

Community Garden Philosophy

Sustainable

  • Minimal importing of resources
  • Re-use existing materials
  • Re-use waste generated on site

Organic

  • No artificial pesticides or herbicides
  • Use of non-hybrid plant seeds
  • Naturally generated fertilisers

Bush-Friendly

  • Contain nutrients within beds
  • Prevent weed infestation without harming wildlife
  • Provide habitat for native fauna