What is a community garden?
Community gardens are places where people come together to garden collectively, grow food and build community.
The City of Casey recognises that community gardens play a key role in building strong communities and social connection by:
- enhancing community identity and making Casey the city of choice to live, work and raise a family
- providing opportunities for environmental, social, educational and health benefits
- fostering partnerships, co-operation and communication within the community
- creating volunteer participation and skill development
- enhancing civic pride
Would you like to start a community garden?
There are a number of things to consider when establishing a community garden. If you are interested in starting a community garden, please read a copy of Council's Community Garden Guidelines Community Garden Guidelines (1mb) and the Community Gardens Policy. The Guidelines and Policy will assist you in establishing a community garden on Council-owned land.
Where will your community garden be located?
Community gardens can be located either on Council-owned land, proposed Council land or Council-managed land. If you are unsure who owns the land, please contact Council's Community Strengthening Officer on 9705 5200.
Council’s role in relation to community gardens includes:
- providing information to link residents with existing community gardens
- supporting interested parties to establish and incorporate new community groups
- working with interested parties to assess a potential community garden site including location suitability, soil suitability, complementary use of Council’s community facilities and accessibility for all residents
- funding opportunities
- promoting community gardens (e.g. on the City of Casey website)
- considering requests from community groups to establish community gardens on Council-owned, proposed Council-owned, and Council-managed land if successful
- negotiating an extension to the occupancy agreement if the conditions of the agreement are met and there is continued support for the community garden.
Council has created the following key documents to assist in establishing a community garden:
Who to contact in Council?
If you have any questions concerning community gardening in Casey please contact Council's Community Strengthening Officer on 9705 5200.