Community gardens

Starting a Community Garden

Community gardens not only provide a space to grow fresh organic produce, they also support local food production, healthy living and improve social wellbeing in the local community.

If you would like to be part of a community garden but don’t have one already established in your area, you can start a garden by following these steps:

  1. Talk to your community: find out how much support there is for your community garden idea
  2. Form a group: it takes an enthusiastic and committed group to establish a community garden
  3. Find a patch of land: contact Council to discuss the best and most suitable options for where to create the community garden
  4. Design your garden: keep it simple. This is a good way to get started sooner, rather than later, and allow the garden to grow with the community. Your proposal may need to include information around governance and administration. Council can provide assistance and support with this.
  5. Grow: once the necessary approvals have been granted, you are able to start work on your community garden. Council can assist in the ongoing management and promotion of your group and its activities.

For more information on starting a community garden in your neighbourhood, contact Council on council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call 4921 0333.

Community Gardens in Lake Macquarie

Warners Bay Community Garden

Located in Bunya Park, this community garden offers many activities to participate in, including seedling growing, composting, garden planning, events and regular social catch-ups over morning tea.

Address: Bunya Park, Eleebana 2282

Regular working bees: third Saturday of each month, 9am-2 pm and every Wednesday, 3-5pm. For more information, visit the website or email.

Dudley Community Garden

The Dudley Community Garden project aims to grow and maintain a food producing community garden in the Dudley area that is open and accessible to the community. The garden is established at Frank Watkins Park behind the Dudley Community Hall in Ocean Street, Dudley.

Address: 98 Ocean Street, Dudley 2290

Regular working bees: second Saturday of every month, from 9am. For more information, visit the website or email.

Redhead Community Garden

Redhead Community Garden is for everyone; all ages and all walks of life. It is a space for creative, educational activities with dynamic displays, signage and workshops; where people come together to grow food and community. Everyone is welcome to come along to our monthly gardening days at the community garden.

Address: Redhead Primary School Beach Road, Redhead 2290

Regular working bees: last Sunday of each month, from 1pm. For more information, visit the website or email.

Holmesville Community Garden

Enjoy gardening with friends, growing your own fresh healthy produce and meeting other like-minded locals at the Holmesville Community Garden.

Regular working bees: first Wednesday and fourth Saturday of the month, from 9.30 am. For more information, visit the website or email.

Our Community Place - Boolaroo

Volunteer gardeners are always welcome to help to maintain the vegetable garden and the sensory garden at Boolaroo Public School, with produce grown going towards the Free Food Program and families of the school.

Address: Main Rd, Boolaroo NSW 2284. For more information, visit the website or email.

Landcare Resource Centre demonstration garden

This community garden has been developed as a waste education and demonstration facility that showcases a range of recycling, upcycling and gardening ideas. The site is home to a large veggie garden, food forest, bio-swale and covered outdoor learning area. Visitors and new volunteers are always welcome.

Address: 80 Toronto Rd, Booragul NSW 2284. For more information, visit the website or email.

Yunung Community Garden

Yunung Community Garden is a project of Southlake Community Services that aims to grow and maintain a food producing community garden in the south Lake Macquarie area that is open and accessible to the community. The garden is established at Morisset Multipurpose Centre and is a volunteer driven project.

Address: 143 Dora Street Morisset NSW 2292. For more information, visit the website or email.

Page last updated: 06 November 2018