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Community Gardens

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends.

(Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network).


Community gardens are part of a growing movement towards growing your own local food, with many benefits for personal and environmental health and social togetherness. 

For some people, the interest in production and consumption of local food stems from concerns about the global economic and environmental impacts of peak oil supplies, climate change and food security. For others, it may be that the food they grow themselves, buy at the local village markets or from local producers, simply tastes better, is convenient and freshly picked.

Wingecarribee Council is committed to support community gardens in the Southern Highlands and is working to encourage communities and residents to create a more self-provisioning economy by growing their own food. (2031+ Community Strategic Plan 5.3.4) 

All community gardens are unique, as they reflect the management choices of the community group that tend them. Community gardens are community generated projects.

Common themes that Community Gardens share include:


  • Common ground to grow, cultivate and nurture fresh food
  • Inclusive places connecting people with food and food cultures, supporting cultural diversity and providing opportunities for social networking and outreach
  • Supporting sustainable lifestyles and learning opportunities
  • Encouragement of organic and permaculture gardening philosophies
  • Provision of a safe physical activity and social and cultural expression
  • Supporting local food security by providing a local edible plant seed bank.

More Information & Contact

linkCommunity gardens within the Wingecarribee Shire (internal link)

linkEstablishing a new Community Garden (internal link)

  • Contact Council for further information.
Last Updated: July 11th, 2017
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