What is a community garden?

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn new skills and make new friends. Community gardens are run, maintained and used by the community and there are traditionally two main types - or a mix of both.

  • Shared gardens where participants share the gardening and the harvest
  • Allotment gardens where participants manage their own plot and share the maintenance of common areas.

Community gardens typically consist of vegetable beds and planter boxes, fruit trees, waste disposal systems such as compost and habitat for wildlife including logs and water features. However, it isn’t all about gardening! Community gardens can also be a hub for social events and teaching and learning new skills.

What are the benefits of community gardens?

Social benefits include providing communities with access to fresh food, encouraging physical activity, building social connections and sense of community. Environmental benefits include waste reduction and regenerating public spaces.

How will the City consult the community?

  • Survey open until 22 March 2019 via  yoursay.stirling.wa.gov.au/communitygarden
  • Letterbox drop to residents within a 1km radius of the proposed site 
  • Community Garden Information Session, Date: Saturday 9 March 2019, Time: 10am -11.30am, Location: At the end of Woodsome street Mount Lawley (between Inglewood Bowling Club and Inglewood Oval)

Will the community garden definitely go ahead?

No, the community garden at the proposed site will only be approved by Council if community consultation shows strong community support for the garden and interest to participate.

How will the community garden be designed, what will it look like and can I have my own allotted plot?

We don’t know yet. These decisions will be made by the garden committee in consultation with its members if the community garden is approved by Council. 

Is the Inglewood Bowls and Sports Club supportive of the proposed garden?

Yes, the club submitted a letter of general support with the application.

Will the community garden attract anti-social behaviour?

The City has found at other community garden sites, such as Hammersley community garden, reports of anti-social behaviour have decreased since the garden was established. This is because activating underutilised spaces and increasing community ownership can help deter anti-social behaviour.

Will the garden produce compost odours?

A properly balanced compost pile should not produce bad odours. Compost should smell like dirt and when it doesn’t, there’s something wrong for example, the compost pile is not properly heating up and breaking down the organic material.

Will there be excessive noise at night or from power tools?

No, community gardens are designed to be used during daylight hours only. The site will also be unpowered, therefore limiting the ability to run power tools. 

How does the City prevent theft and vandalism in community gardens?

Because community gardens are open to the public, there is a small risk of theft and vandalism. However, In the nine years the City has been supporting community gardens, there have only been a few reported instances of theft. 

Do you have to be a member to access the community garden?

No, community gardens located on City of Stirling land are open to all members of the community to visit and enjoy, whether they are formal members of the garden or not.

This is in keeping with the Community Garden Policy 2017.  To view the Community Garden Policy, please see the document list or here

How can I get involved in the community garden?

There are many ways you can get involved, including becoming a committee member, an active member (active gardener or assistance with building and construction) or a social member (participates in events or social activities at the garden).

What other community gardens does the City support on City land?

The City has provided funding and/ or support for three community garden projects on City owned or managed land. These include, Joondanna community garden, Westminster community garden  and Hamersley community garden. All of these projects are still active. For more information on these community gardens please click here.