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helping people to garden
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has a commitment to take its expertise ‘beyond the garden walls’ and serve the broader community through innovative outreach programs.
To meet this objective the Community Education Unit has forged strong links with communities in need who have established or who are interested in establishing their own communal garden projects.
In 1999 the Trust joined with Housing New South Wales to establish a partnership called ‘Community Greening’. ‘Community Greening’ is the name for a range of activities to promote communal garden projects that may be undertaken by the Botanic Gardens Trust and Housing New South Wales together. It is hoped that over time this partnership will expand to include other government departments and private industry.
By promoting communal gardening in social housing communities, and on nearby locations, we make a significant contribution to improved social cohesion, crime reduction and public health in both urban and regional New South Wales.
Thanks to financial support of Housing New South Wales, the Trust employs full time education horticulturists on the ‘Community Greening’ program, who work with the Housing New South Wales Community and Tenant Participant Programs Unit and Regional Coordinators. Currently there are in excess of 140 communities participating in the development or establishment of gardens in social housing communities, on local Council land, in the grounds of churches, hospitals and schools throughout New South Wales.
‘Community Greening’ also has its own dedicated vehicles - covered in logos of the various sponsors (including Friends of The Gardens, Yates, Eden Gardens and Garden Centre, Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries and NSW Department of Commerce) who contribute seeds, plants, landscape materials etc. for use by community groups.
By their very nature, community gardens depend upon local communities to provide resources and support.
Community Greening contacts
Youth Community Greening
Youth Community Greening is an environmental education program targeting disadvantaged urban & rural youth.
You can help by:
If you want to set up a community garden in your own neighbourhood:
At this point in time our resource are limited and we concentrate all our efforts on supporting those communities with the greatest need and the highest level of disadvantage. However, you might consider the following hints to getting started:
Click here to view the Community Greening Evaluation Report.
To find out more contact the Community Greening Coordinator on 9231 8399 or fax 9231 8388 or visit www.housing.nsw.gov.au
Click here to find out about City of Sydney Community Gardens.