Community garden in Alexandria
Once an overgrown patch of grass outside the Alexandria Park Community Centre, Alexandria Community Garden is now a welcoming green space that invites the community to enjoy it and grow their own food.
The garden has three individual sites made up of communal allotments, and they are home to a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees.
A growing community
It took a big community effort to get the garden up and growing. Initiated by a retired couple who spent their time mulching, planting vegetables, creating a frog pond and painting a mural, the area is a now vibrant, flourishing garden.
The community’s response to the garden project has been overwhelming. The green space has encouraged local school kids to get digging, plant seedlings and learn about where food comes from – especially through the tours run by garden facilitator Jo Fletcher.
Start your own
For those wanting to start their own community garden project, Jo’s advice is to start small, see if the project is manageable, and ask around to see if there’s enough local interest to expand the garden if need be.
If you live in the area and would like space to grow your own fresh produce, you can join the group on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 June 2014