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Community Greening

The Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust have a commitment to take its expertise ‘beyond the garden walls’ and serve the broader community through innovative outreach programs.

In 1999 the Trust joined with Housing New South Wales to establish a partnership called ‘Community Greening’. ‘Community Greening’ is a range of activities to promote communal garden projects. 

Community Greening is currently undertaking a study with Western Sydney University across five new garden sites in NSW. This is the first time such data on the Community Greening program has been collected in this way, and has the potential to advance our understanding about the impact of community gardening on health, wellbeing and sense of community. This will help inform future directions for the program.

Set up a Community Garden

Click here for more information on how to setup a community garden in your own neighbourhood

Making Gardening Accessible

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Youth Community Greening

Youth Community Greening (YCG) is an environmental education program targeting disadvantaged urban and regional youth (2 - 25 years). YCG is a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Eden Gardens & Garden Centres (Eden Gardens). The Trust delivers the program while Eden Gardens provides financial support, input into strategic development, and in-kind support of plants and products. The program inspires the appreciation and conservation of plants and the environment. Educators help youth and teachers connect with the natural environment and experience the joys of being outdoors and gardening.

YCG assists disadvantaged preschools, schools, migrant youth groups, Youth off the Streets, Juvenile Detention Centres, and other similar targeted groups of young people through helping create productive school and community gardens and green landscapes. The program also delivers syllabus-linked environmental classroom and outdoor activities at schools and centres across NSW.

Outcomes include:

  • Building self-esteem and resilience in vulnerable youth
  • Create opportunities for young people to connect with nature
  • Increase youth ownership of public places
  • Educate young people about healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide and develop gardening skills and enhance employment opportunities
  • Green the urban environment and promote sustainable lifestyles
  • Promote sustainability through garden programs in schools and youth centres
  • Provide training opportunities for staff involved with disadvantaged youth
  • Children (0-14 year olds) and young people (15-24 year olds) face many challenges for the future, including finding their identity in an uncertain and changing world. They experience peer group pressure and have to deal with social, employment and financial issues.

Young people are readily influenced by their environment and their personal development is shaped by their experiences with family, friends, school and community. They are also affected by their surroundings - the built and natural environment. Many young people today are growing up with few opportunities to connect with nature. 

Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime. The Youth Community Program gives young people the opportunity to experience this natural affinity which is too often lacking in this day.

View the Youth Community Greening Annual Report

Central Sydney Region

Kings Cross
Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St, Kings Cross
Main Contact: Wendy Suma
Ph: 9358 6577

St Johns Maroubra, Maroubra Rd, Maroubra
Main Contact: Mary Anne Cameron, Anglicare

Kooloora Community Centre Permaculture Garden, 167 Bilga Cres, Malabar
Ph: 9661 9160

Newtown Community Garden, Longdown St
Main Contact: Ian Ferrie
Mob: 0409 907 634

Poets Corner
Main Contact: Anna Kovic
Ph: 0401 774 559

Riverwood Community Garden, Belmore Rd Nth
Main Contact: HCAP Riverwood Community Centre
Ph: 9533 0100

Leon Lachal Reserve Community Garden, Maloney St
Main Contact: Edith Nowman
Mob: 0423 505 953

Cook, Marton and Solander Gardens
Main Contact: Anna Kovic
Ph: 0401 774 559

ACON Eden Garden, Uniting Church, 56A Raglan St 
Main Contact: Keith Ferguson
Mob: 0407 780 134

Greater Western Region

Airds Tharawal Aboriginal Co-operative, 187 Riverside Dr
Ph:  4640 3534
Local Enterprise Centre, 86A Greengate Rd 

Auburn Friendship Garden, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn,
Main Contact:  9735 1229, email

Bidwill Community Garden and Nursery, Chestnut Cres
Main Contact: Marjorie Mead
Ph: 0424 312 057

Chester Hill
Chester Hill Community Garden: cnr Waldron St and Hector St
Mob: 0409 906 216

Claymore Community Garden, Community Enterprise Park, 2 Dobell Rd

Holy Family Church, cnr Emert Pde and Weber Cres
Main Contact: Ray Donaldson
Mob:0447 229 904

Harris Park
John Irving Park, Jordan St, Rosehill
Main Contact: Ronda Evenden
Ph: 9635 0157

Macquarie Fields
Men’s Shed Garden, Anglican Church, 32 Edgar St, Glenquarie

2168 Organic Community Garden and Orchard, Cabramatta Ave
Main Contact: Jeff Lovett
Ph: 9607 8669

Mount Annan
Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, 1 Mt Annan Dr
Main Contact: Helen Byfield-Fleming
Mob: 0418 662 941

Tallowood Community Nursery, 2 Littimer Way
Main Contact: Margaret Bourke
Mob: 0431 731 094

Telopea Community Garden, Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre, 21 Sturt St
Main Contact: Keith
Ph: 9684 4250

Villawood Community Garden
Cnr Binna Burra and Urana St
Ph 02 9724 3807

Wentworthville Community Garden, 73  Fullager Rd
Main Contact: Robyn Main
Web contact:

Southern & Western Region

Barrack Heights
Barrack Heights Community Garden, cnr Wattle St and Carrington St
Main Contact: Cliff Ball
Ph: 0428 106 478

32C Popes Rd
Main Contact: Junes James

Northern Region

Kempsey South
Kempsey Family Community Centre
Main Contact: Mavis Symonds
Ph: 6562 1409

Bateau Bay
KBT (Killarney Vale/Bateau Bay/Tumbi Umbi) Community Nursery   
7 Debra Anne Dr, Bateau Bay
Main contact: Pauline

Uniting Church, Feed My People Community Garden
Main Contact: Cherylea Pritchard
Ph: 67 521 170 / 67 527 152

Granny Munro Park, Coledale
Main Contact: Paul Moxon

Spotted Gum Reserve, Bushland Drive
Main Contact- Enid Minett
Ph: 65 516 130

Wyoming Community Centre
147 Maidens Brush Rd, Wyoming
Main Contact- Manager
Ph: 43237483