Under the current COVID-19 requirements there remains a limit of 20 persons at scheduled community garden meetings. Please see below the meeting times scheduled for each garden. When attending a meeting please report to the Garden Co-ordinator on arrival to the garden and ensure to sign on, leave your contact details and follow the COVID Safe Work Method guidelines as instructed by your Co-ordinator for working in the garden. For further information please go to NSW Government COVID 19.
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 sustainable use of open space.
For inspiration on growing your own food, visit Food & Garden.
Establish a Community Garden
There is a procedure(PDF, 68KB) 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
- Minimal importing of resources
- Re-use existing materials
- Re-use waste generated on site
- No artificial pesticides or herbicides
- Use of non-hybrid plant seeds
- Naturally generated fertilisers
- Contain nutrients within beds
- Prevent weed infestation without harming wildlife
- Provide habitat for native fauna