Erindale Neighbourhood Garden

A growing community


Delicious Summer Produce

  

Even though this January/February has been very hot, the rain has meant that the garden is really producing!


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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.
  • 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! Children's play structures and bird feeder all done! 
  • Covered shade structure for shelter, conversation, and barbecues. Roof now on, and seating under it! 
  • Utilities area including a secure storage shed, compost bins and workbench. Compost bins and workbench done; shed and floor complete! Compost is working nicely!
  • 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; [email protected] 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 Stages 1 and 2 are now complete. Due to demand, four more raised garden beds are currently under construction. 


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