Community gardens policy review

Seeking the community’s input as part of our review of the community gardens policy and guidelines, including community composting guidelines.

Project Status: Closed

Public consultation period to

What we’re doing

We have 23 community gardens where groups come together to grow fruit and vegetables, learn skills, meet new people and provide a home for local wildlife, including native bees. Each garden is unique and we would like to support more gardens in our area.

We want to know your vision for community gardens and why they matter to you. Help us continue to nurture and grow community gardens and support local groups, and to ensure community gardens are inclusive and accessible places.

We’re committed to recognising and celebrating the living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and exploring opportunities to share knowledge about native plants and their uses.

Let us know the reasons you are interested in community gardens, and your ideas on the benefits they bring to the community.

We’re also seeking input on how we can improve our guidelines to ensure they’re a useful tool for establishing and managing your garden.

Your feedback will be used to shape our revised community gardens policy and guidelines, along with our guidelines for community composting.

Visit our webpage to see a list of community gardens in the City of Sydney.

Two people working in a garden
James Street Reserve Community GardenImage: City of Sydney

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 9 November 2020.

There are 3 ways you can be involved and provide us with your feedback:

Other ways you can give feedback

Accessibility needs

If you have any access or communication needs please contact Katrina Guyatt on 02 9265 9115 and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

Next steps

The revised draft policy will also be placed on public exhibition and available for community feedback in 2021. All submissions will be considered, before the policy and guidelines are finalised and reported to Council for adoption.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation's name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission.

Existing policy and guidelines

Community gardens policyPDF · 185.82 KB · Last modified
Community composting guidelinesPDF · 1.38 MB · Last modified
Community gardening guidelinesPDF · 3.31 MB · Last modified
Preferred materialsPDF · 4.32 MB · Last modified

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