Getting started

Getting started

Getting your community garden started

The first step to take to create your own community garden is to find a group of enthusiastic and committed local residents to support it. As a team, you can share ideas and the workload, and at the same time develop relationships to ensure your garden is a success.

The next step is to look at our getting started guide, available for download below, which describes how community gardens are set up and looked after.

If you decide to start a community garden on City land, make sure you read our community gardens policy, available below.

This tells you everything you’ll need to know about establishing a community garden group. It includes your rights and responsibilities as community gardeners, how to conduct a site assessment, and discussion about your proposal with the City to identify any possible issues before submitting an application.

Also, don’t forget about street verge gardens. These clever little gardens sit between the street and the footpath. We love that you’ve got the initiative to create loads of green space in your community, but bear in mind that street verge gardens require careful design to make sure pedestrians can still safely use the footpaths, cars can still park and footpaths remain clear. 

We want to help you create your garden and make your community, and our city, greener.

We can help you plan and design your community or verge garden and to complete an application. We think the helpful guides below are great reading for creating the perfect community garden.

More information about getting started

City grants can help kick-start your own community garden if you have a plan and location in mind.

The City's Green Villages site also has excellent tips and DIY information


Raewyn Broadfoot
Community Gardens Coordinator
02 9265 9786


Green Villages: Tips and DIY

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 June 2014