What is a community bush garden?

Community bush gardens are places where people come together to grow local plants, to learn new skills and make new friends. Community gardens are run, maintained and used by the community.

Community bush gardens typically consist of Western Australian plants only, amenity features such as seating and habitat for wildlife including logs and rocks. However, it isn’t all about gardening! Community bush gardens can also be a hub for social events and teaching and learning about our native flora.

How are community bush gardens different from traditional community gardens?

Traditional community gardens focus on growing food producing plants and/or trees, whereas a community bush garden is planted with Western Australian Plants to create a space for the community to enjoy. 

What are the benefits of community bush gardens?

Social benefits include providing communities with access to recreational spaces, encouraging physical activity, building social connections and sense of community.

Environmental benefits include increasing canopy cover, improving air quality and regenerating public spaces.

Will the Scarborough Community Bush Garden definitely go ahead?

No, the community garden at the proposed site will only be approved by Council and the Water Corporation if community consultation shows sufficient community support for the garden and necessary agreements are reached between all partners.

Can I come and meet the people who will be running the garden and ask questions?

Yes, you can meet the community garden group and ask questions at the proposed garden site at the following time.

Community Garden Information Session

Date: Saturday 10 August 2019

Time: 10am -11.30am

Location: 112 Brighton Road, Scarborough

How will the Scarborough Community Bush Garden be designed and what will it look like?

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 Water Corporation supportive of the proposed garden?

Yes, they have agreed to support the project together with the City if it has sufficient community support.

Will the site continue to be used as a thoroughfare for pedestrians to the nearby shops?

Yes, this will be an important consideration during the design of the garden.

Will the Water Corporation continue to use the site as a Sewage Distribution Station?

Yes, their infrastructure will remain on site and continue to be operated by the Water Corporation as required.

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

No, despite being on Water Corporation land, the community garden will be open to everyone 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. 

Will the garden be Waterwise?

Yes, the garden will be planted with waterwise natives and will only require minimal watering, if any.

Will the community bush garden attract anti-social behaviour?

The City has found at other community garden sites, such as Hammersley community garden, reports of antisocial behaviour have decreased. This is because activating underutilised spaces and increasing community ownership can help deter antisocial behaviour. 

How does the City prevent vandalism in community gardens?

In the nine years the City has been supporting community gardens, there have been no reported instances of vandalism.

Will the garden have a compost heap on site? If so, will it produce bad odours?

We do not know yet whether this garden will include a compost heap.

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, the site will be unpowered, therefore limiting the ability for evening events or to run power tools. 

Does the City have a community Garden Policy?

Yes, the Policy was adopted in 2017. You can view this in the document library.

What other community gardens does the City support?

The City has provided funding and or support for four community garden projects on City Owned or managed land. These include, Joondanna 2009, Westminster 2012, Hamersley 2014 and Inglewood 2019. All of these projects are still active. For more information on these community gardens please visit: www.stirling.wa.gov.au/leisure-and-culture/attractions-and-recreation/community-gardens