Erindale Neighbourhood Garden

A growing community



Friday 20 September 2019

The Neighbourhood Garden''s Annual Spring Scarecrow Parade on Friday 20 September was a great success! 

Featuring live music by the ever-popular ukulele band Wattas, about 90 children, a disability support group, and 35 carers, teachers and helpers enjoyed a sunny morning at the Garden. Some original and creative scarecrows were made by participants, many using recycled materials to build their entry.

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About Us

A group of Erindale non-profit organsiations and interested local people have created a 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 have been constructed in the garden? 

  • 22 raised garden beds for vegetable growing; some beds designed for wheelchair access.
  • Australian native garden with exploration pathways is doing very nicely. A "bush tucker" bed is underway. 
  • Herb gardens; children's play features; bird feeder all finished.
  • Covered pergola for shelter, conversation, and enjoying the view.
  • Utilities area including a storage shed, compost bins and workbench.
  • 1,000 litre water tank is in place, and collecting rainwater from pergola roof. Also mains water, with five tap points. 
  • Mesh fence and gates for security.  

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; [email protected] Family Day Care; people living at the adjacent 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 Stages 1 and 2 was completed in 2015-16. Due to demand, four more raised garden beds were constructed in 2018.

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 today - growing food


Garden today - native plant walk