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Community gardens

Community gardens are a unique form of open space whereby people can learn, recreate, socialise and demonstrate sustainable principles within a garden setting.

Community gardening is a valuable community recreational activity that contributes to health and well-being, positive social interaction, community development, environmental education, sustainable principles, protection and use of public open space. There are currently two community gardens within the Woollahra LGA.

On 12 December 2011, Council adopted the Community Gardens Policy - 2011 (PDF) with the inclusion of Community Verge Gardens.

Rose Bay Community Garden

The Rose Bay Community Garden was officially opened in July 2014, to provide a space to create a beautiful garden for the local community, where people can learn, socialise, have fun, and grow organic fruit and vegetables. The Rose Bay Community Garden is located next to Woollahra Park at the end of Manion Ave, Rose Bay. The site is fenced and includes individual allotments, a shelter and a shed.

The site will also be utilised by Council's Sustainability and Waste department to conduct community workshops, presentations and community tours.

Find out more about the garden and membership information at The Rose Bay Community Garden Grand Opening on Saturday 25 October at the Garden. All welcome.

If you require any further information please visit the Rose Bay Community Garden facebook page.

Paddington Community Garden

On 29 January 2008, Council resolved to establish a Community Garden at Trumper Park. The Trumper Park site is located at the rear of the Palms Tennis Courts, adjacent to the Council Nursery, and access is from Quarry Street. The site is fenced and includes individual allotments, a shelter, water tanks and seating. View an aerial of the Paddington community garden (PDF).

It is envisaged that the garden will act as a demonstration site for the community to utilise small sustainability measures in their own homes and gardens like water tanks. The site is also used by Council’s Waste department to conduct community workshops on composting, worm farming and no dig gardening.

If you require any further information please visit the Paddington Community Garden website.

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 Paddington Community Garden

Verge Gardens

Residents are increasingly seeking to use their verges as more than grassed areas and are requesting to plant herbs, vegetables, flowers and plants in these spaces.

Council supports the planting of verge gardens which make a positive contribution to the local streetscape, provided property owners receive consent from Council and maintain the verge outside their property in line with the consent conditions.

To seek consent to establish a verge garden:

  1. Complete the Verge Garden Installation Application Form (PDF) and return it to Council.
  2. Wait for a written Notice of Determination from Council detailing the application outcome.
  3. If consent is granted, install and maintain the garden in line with the approval conditions.

Upon submission of this form, Council will:

  1. Assess the application to ensure the proposed garden meets the criteria for consent.
  2. Seek additional information or community consultation if required.
  3. Provide a written Notice of Determination to the applicant advising if the proposed garden has been provided consent and any associated conditions.

If you have any questions about the installation of verge gardens in Woollahra Council, please contact the Administration Officer for Open Space and Trees on 9391 7008.