Inner West Council

New Gardens

In Ashfield LGA we have a couple of small, wonderful gardens and lots of poeple hoping to become a part of a garden, so if you would like to begin a new garden in Ashfield Service Area, we would welcome you to! A Community Garden could be large or small, have fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, bees, meeting areas, meditation spaces, classrooms... there are so many opportunities to create wonderful lively spaces in our neighbourhood. 

Here are some tips and resources for starting a community garden:

  • A good way to start is to get in touch with Councils Sustainability Team to find out ways we can support you and put you in touch with others in your area: sustainability@ashfield.nsw.gov.au
  • The Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network is a great resource online: www.communitygarden.org.au  Their factsheet: Checklist for new Community Gardens is a great starting point for a new garden.
  • Get in touch with other people who are also interested in starting a garden in your neighbourhood. Council might be able to put you in touch with other interested people, perhaps a letterbox drop round your area, or a notice on a community noticeboard would be a good way to start.
  • There's nothing better to start a group than a party, so have a get together and talk about how to begin. Where you might like to have the garden, what you might use it for, as well as what skills you have among you and what you might need help with. 
  • The new Policy includes an application form which you can use to apply for use of Council Land as a public Community Garden...

Earlier in 2012, Ashfield Councillors endorsed our first policy on Community Gardening in the LGA. It aims to support and facilitate new community gardens in our neighbourhoods. It includes an application form, as well as some suggested ways to begin.

Feel free to contact our Sustainability Team for more information about Community Gardening in Ashfield Service Area: (02) 9716 1800 or sustainability@ashfield.nsw.gov.au

You can download a copy of the Policy and Application Form here: 2012_Community_Gardening_Policy 2012_Community_Gardening_Policy (402.78 KB)

 

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Community Gardens in Ashfield Service Area

Ashfield Council currently has three community gardens located within the LGA.

Summer Hill Community Garden

  • Location: 135 Smith Street Summer Hill
  • Contact: AshfieldCommunityGardeners@hotmail.com
  • Working bees: Second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am.

The Summer Hill Community Garden is located adjacent to the SHARE Before and After School and Vacation Care centre. The garden was opened in 2006, and has been looked after by a local resident group since January 2010. The garden uses chemical free gardening methods to grow herbs and vegetables as well as edible and pest repellent flowers. The garden contains a number of communal rotating crop beds, and is supplied with a rain water tank, storage shed and community composting facilities.

Taringa Street Community Garden

  • Location: Taringa Street Ashfield (near Alt Street)
  • Contacttaringastreet@gmail.com
  • Working bees: every second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9:30 - 10:30am

The Taringa Street Community Garden started in June 2016. The garden is located in the small reserve at the Eastern end of Taringa Street, just off Alt Street. The garden consists of three raised garden beds which are communal spaces members utilise to grow seasonal crops and herbs. For more information vist the gardens website http://taringastcommunitygarden.yolasite.com/

 

Haberfield Community Garden

  • Location: 78 Dalhousie Street Haberfield (within the grounds of Haberfield Library)
  • Contact: carlo.eastaway@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

The Haberfield Garden was established in September 2012. The garden beds are currently maintained by NSW Health and Neami Ashfield.

Ashfield Park Community Garden

  • Location: Ashfield Park behind Ashfield Bowling Club towards Orpington Street
  • Contact: carlo.eastaway@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
  • Working bees: First and third Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am.

The Ashfield Park Community Garden started in March 2015. The garden is located on the north-western end of the park, behind Ashfield Bowling Club. The garden consists of a raised u-shaped garden bed and four surrounding garden beds. These garden beds are communal spaces, with a rotation of seasonal crops. 

More Information

Council has granted use of Council land for the purposes of productive gardening. Use, access to the land, consent for any structure or changes to the land is subject to Council restrictions. If you would like to find out more about further opportunities for community gardening in the Ashfield Service Area please contact the Sustainability Team  on (02) 9716 1800 or sustainability@ashfield.nsw.gov.au.