Erindale Neighbourhood Garden

A growing community

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On the morning of Friday 15 September we had a Scarecrow "Parade" to celebrate our inaugural Spring Scarecrow Festival. The event was lots of fun for all participants! Day care centres, pre-schools, primary and high schools created some terrific scarecrows, and 100 children, carers and parents attended the "Parade". Our photo gallery tells the story.


About Us

A group of Erindale non-profit organsiations and interested local people have started a new community garden on an 830sq m block of vacant land at 39 Comrie Street, Erindale  - just across the road from Erindale Shopping Centre in the heart of the Tuggeranong Valley. In the media every day we hear about childhood obesity and unhealthy eating choices; disconnected youth; or isolated and lonely elderly. The aim of the garden is not only to grow vegetables and to encourage healthy eating; it is even more about building links between individuals and community groups in the neighbourhood, and developing a sense of "belonging" for people in the Erindale precinct.

Would you like to become part of our gardening community? There are many ways to get involved! Send us a message using the Contact form on this website. 

We welcome interest

from individuals and organisations!

The garden of course has raised garden beds to grow vegetables; but it also includes a native and flower garden to relax in and for children to explore, and is designed to be wheelchair-friendly. The theme of the garden is inclusion.

What features are being constructed in the garden? 

  • 22 raised garden beds for vegetable growing; some beds designed for wheelchair access. 17 now complete!
  • Australian native garden and flowers with exploration pathways, sensory garden for people with disabilities such as visual impairment, or Alzheimer's; herb garden; children's play feature; bird feeders. Native plants growing well! 
  • Covered shade structure for shelter, conversation, and barbecues. Roof now on! 
  • Utilities area including a secure storage shed, compost bins and workbench. Compost bins and workbench done; shed and floor complete!
  • Water. On tap!
  • 1,000 litre water tank in place, and collecting rainwater from shade structure!
  • Mesh fence and gates for security. All done! 

Who are we?

Our garden community includes a range of local organisations and individuals from the area that encircles the garden site: members of the Tuggeranong Uniting Church congregation; people who use the Erindale Neighbourhood Centre; Communities@work Family Day Care; Koomarri; people living at the adjacent Kimberley Gardens units; and other Erindale residents. The ACT government licence to use the community-zoned land was issued for ten years from 1 May 2015. Construction of Stage 1 is complete, and Stage 2 is well underway. 

What is the garden used for?

  • growing fruit and vegetables
  • educating children and others about plants, growing food, healthy eating and outdoor play
  • sharing gardening knowledge and expertise
  • informal mentoring
  • enjoyment of outdoors and community connections.

We believe the garden is generating a range of long term benefits for the Erindale and wider community. 

Garden site before construction

Looking south east from Comrie Street Sept 2014

Garden site after construction Stage 1

Looking south east from Comrie Street October 2015

Garden growing October 2016

Looking east from Comrie Street Oct 2016