Community gardening

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What is a Community Garden?

A Community Garden is land that is used by the community to:

  • grow food
  • share information on gardening and environmental practices
  • meet like-minded people.

Community gardening is a public, not-for-profit community activity that everyone can get involved with.

It provides benefits to the people involved and to our environment.

Start a Community Garden

If you're interested in setting up a Community Garden, read the following documents:

To apply to set up a formal Community Garden on Council owned community land you also need to complete:

We're committed to community gardening as it contributes to the health, well-being, social, environmental and cultural strengths of our community. 

Community gardening is a priority included in our Integrated Strategic Planning framework.

Our strategies for Community Gardens establish the roles and relationships between Council and Community Garden groups.  

Grow Local Guides 

Our 2 Grow Local Garden Guides aim to encourage Illawarra residents, schools, community groups and gardeners to create areas that celebrate the edible and local native plants that thrive in our region.

The Illawarra Edible Garden Guide gives you information on what grows well in our region, how to design a veggie patch and food forest for our local conditions, and more. 

The Illawarra Native Garden Guide will help you to find suitable local native plants for your urban or rural garden. It isn't an exhaustive list, but will give you a good introduction to local native plants that are most readily available. 

We produced the Grow Local Garden Guides in partnership with Wollongong and Shellharbour Councils, with support from the NSW Government's Environmental Trust.