Community gardens are popping up all over the country as people increasingly value their role in sustainable living and healthy communities. There are a number of community gardens in the Illawarra. A great way to learn more about community gardens is to visit and take part in regular working bees at existing sites. Learn more about how you can get involved by checking out the information about community gardens, below.
Wollongong City Council has been actively supporting community gardens. For more information, see Wollongong City Council’s website.
Community Gardens in the Wollongong Area
‘The Garden’ North Wollongong
A mature permaculture demonstration site maintained by an active group of local residents. The group also run workshops in vegetable gardening and host a monthly vegie swap which is open to all.
- Working bee: 1st Sunday of every month.
- Waste Not! Fruit and Veg Swap and social event 3rd Sunday of every month.
Where: North Wollongong PCYC, via Ajax Avenue NorthWollongong
Aaron Sorensen 0424 241 881
Waste Not! Swap: John Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org
The Popes Complex Garden
Allotments and shared gardens managed by residents of adjacent housing complex.
Where: Popes Road Woonona
Contact: June James 4283 1450
Where: Lot 21, Church St, Balgownie
Cringila Park Community Garden
New members welcome! Taste organic veggies and potter around a friendly and colourful organic garden. Practice “No dig gardening”.
Gardeners meet every Thursday from 10.30 – 1.30. All welcome.
Sausage sizzle and salad lunch every second Saturday, Midday – 3pm. All welcome.
The group is also learning skills to operate the large wood-fired bread oven on site.
The garden has also won awards from Keep Australia Beautiful and the Local Government and Shires Association in recognition of its contribution to sustainability and multicultural health.
Where: Cringila Park, Lockwood St, Cringila (Walk through gates, garden located at top of hill).
Contact: Lisa 0421 162 381 or email@example.com OR Eileen 4275 1043
Koonawarra Community Centre
Where: Fowlers Road Koonawarra
Contact: 4261 3191
The Laneway Permaculture Garden
Build friendships and work together to create gardens of food and biodiversity. Join this well-established permaculture garden joining Third and Fifth Avenue in Port Kembla. Maintained by a friendly and active group of local residents who often share a coffee together and host community cafes.
- Meet Fridays 3.30 – 5.30pm, all welcome.
Where: Meet at Fifth Avenue, Port Kembla
Contact: Daniel Deighton 4274 1424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Port Kembla Community Project Inc. 4267 3433
Dapto Community Farm
Dapto Community Farm is a certified organic site renting plots to commercial and community gardeners. New members welcome! Enjoy chemical free vegetables by saving money and growing your own.
- Drop in any Sunday between 10am – 2pm.
- Organic management.
- Certified organic farm with over 100 members.
- 30m x 1.2m plots available to rent.
- Community kitchen facilities available like wood fired Pizza oven, BBQ
- Landcare group , men’s shed, refugee and disabled groups participating.
- Full facilities available like washing and packing rooms, cool rooms.
Where: 29 Darkes Rd, Dapto
Contact: Rod Logan, 0406 918 678
Bellambi Community Centre Garden
Shared gardens of veggies, herbs, fruit trees and flowers.
Where: Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre,Cawley St Bellambi
Contact: Robyn or Mary 4285 3715
Unanderra Community Centre Garden
‘Lets get down to earth’. The more people, the better the garden and the more veggies for everyone. Come and help us grow our garden. Information and hands on too. Learn about no-dig gardening, share vegetables, and get involved in the training courses. Produce from the gardens is used in the centre’s cooking group.
- Veggie garden working group-Tuesdays.
Where: Princes Hwy and Factory Rd, Unanderra
Contact: Sandra Luschiwitz 4271 2213
Sansey Avenue Community Garden
Local residents of Mount Ousley established this garden on a pocket of community land between their backyards. Shared activities, propagation of edible plants and natives. Highly productive no-dig vegetable gardens.
Where: Sansey Ave, Mt Ousley
Contact: Paul Formosa, 4225 2638
Access Community Garden
Permaculture garden facilitated by Access All Areas (AAA) community group. AAA provides support and training to young people aged 13 – 18 at risk of becoming engaged in the juvenile justice system. Contact the centre for more information about the project.
Where: 87 Railway St, Corrimal
Contact: Darren Bell, 4286 5600
Todd and Bent St Community Garden, Warrawong
The Todd Street Community Garden meets every Thursday at 8.30 to 11.30 am, have a quick break and then resume at 12.30 pm till 3 pm.
Where: No.1 Todd St, Warrawong (behind Block 5)
Contact: Phoenix Van Dyke, 42 764 775
Green House Park
Where: Springhill Rd, Wollongong
Contact: Mike McKeon, 0418 420 915
Otford Community Garden
Urban Grown City Farm, Warrawong
Contact: Jacqui Besgrove, 02 4243 1537
Community Gardens in the Shellharbour Area
Barrack Heights Community Garden
Learn about growing fresh fruit and vegetables, all welcome.
- Working bee first Sunday of the month at 12pm; and
- Other working bees two Tuesdays per month at 2pm.
Where: Corner of Wattle Rd and Carrington St, Barrack Heights
Contact: Bonnie Hittmann, 02 4221 6170
Albion Park Community Garden
A place for wonderful, everyday people like you and me; passionate gardeners, and those of us with a desire to garden, a place to meet with other people who enjoy getting outside, getting their hands in the earth, producing, fresh and delicious produce while learning and participating in our project “growing together”. Produce and seed swap and share plus social morning tea. All welcome!
- Meet each Tuesday morning between 9am to 11.30am
Where: Albion Park Community Centre, Russell Street, Albion Park
Contact: Ainslie Eccleston (Volunteer), Ainslie.email@example.com /0433 638704 or Chris Jensen (Community Centre Manager), 02 42573342
Tullimbar Community Garden
Local residents have individual plots, compost bays and chooks.
Where: Tullimbar Village
Community Gardens in the Kiama Area
Kiama ‘Bluehaven’ Community Garden
‘Grow and Share’
Kiama Garden is a communal garden based on permaculture principals. They share the work, produce and community. The garden was established in 2010 with the assistance of Kiama Council and local permie gurus Dan and Aaron. They are now self supporting and governing.
Kiama community garden grow all manner of fruit, vegetables and herbs to share. They have the Hillside Native Food Forest Landcare site adjacent to the garden and a community plant nursery.
Working bees are on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30am with delicious morning tea at 11ish.
Kiama community Garden have a ‘Crop and Swap’ event on the second Saturday of the month from 10am.
The forth Saturday of the month they work on the Hillside Landcare site from 9am.
For more information and to see what Kiama Community Garden are up to please visit their Facebook page, link below.
For more inspiration see:
Community Gardens Start-Up Guide [PDF 4.91Mb]