This page contains information about the benefits of running a community garden, and what the city is doing to identify potential garden sites.
What are community gardens?
Community gardens are outdoor spaces that are planned and managed by the community, or with significant community involvement. They can include food production and native gardens, as well as decorative and therapeutic elements. There are currently more than fifteen community gardens in Western Australia. Growing food in community gardens is becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware and interested in health and sustainable living practices.
Community gardens become hubs for local people and groups to meet and develop friendships and links. They provide demonstration sites for sustainable living and an informal learning environment. They are also important sites for wellbeing and a connection with the local environment, especially for residents that live in high density residential areas with little or no garden.
In 2011, the city supported the creation of a community garden at the Department of Housing Wandana apartments on Thomas Road, Subiaco. Several types of fruit and vegetables are grown by residents of the apartments using sustainable gardening principles. The garden has created a community hub and is used as a demonstration site for other community gardens in Perth.
For information about and locations of established community gardens, visit the Community Gardens WA website.
In March 2012, the city adopted a policy to allow for the creation of community gardens within Subiaco. The city aims to support the establishment of community gardens within the municipality where appropriate land is available, management systems are in place and there is support from the local community.
The city has developed a community gardening guide to assist community members through the process of establishing a community garden.
Download the community gardening guide (PDF, 5.4MB).
Subiaco’s community garden journey so far
In 2009 the City of Subiaco engaged the consultants 361 Degrees Stakeholder Management Services to help investigate community garden opportunities. A working group comprising elected members, staff and community representatives was established to participate in the investigation process and engage with the community.
The investigation showed there was a positive response from the community to establish community gardens in the city. A report on community garden opportunities in the City of Subiaco outlines the community’s vision for a diversity of gardens on streetscapes, private properties and public land. Community views on access, tenure, activities, site considerations and governance for public community gardens are also included.
In December 2009, council endorsed Nicholson Road Reserve (Palms Community Centre) as the preferred location, with other sites considered following strong community support. Council also allocated $50 000 to the garden establishment costs.
In February 2010, the city hosted a community garden discussion workshop. A report on Subiaco community garden vision and guiding statements provides an overview of the workshop outcomes. Nicholson Road Reserve received little support from surrounding residents, leading to a new way forward with a focus on community input to help identifying potential sites.
For more information about local environmental projects, visit the Earthwise website.