Community gardening, or urban agriculture is becoming an increasingly popular activity in many cities around the world. In recent years there have also been local movements, such as Transitions Towns that are promoting community gardening in Melbourne.
Several years ago, Council established its first community garden on Council land at Buna Reserve, pictured below, as part of the Heidelberg West Neighbourhood Renewal Program. This garden was developed following a planning exercise for the Reserve which involved consultation with the local community. The Banyule Community Health Service manages this garden in conjunction with local residents who are the plot holders. The Bellfield Community Garden also recently started operating at the Bellfield Community Centre following a community consultation process. There are also a number of existing community gardens on church and education department land within Banyule.
Community gardens can play a key role in creating spaces that increase community participation and access for a diverse range of community groups. They can help to build connections between community members and provide opportunities for learning.
Under Related information, you can download our Community Gardens Guidelines and also our Community Gardens Application Form.