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The Benefits of Community Gardens

There’s nothing better than tucking into some delicious organic fruit and veg. It’s even more satisfying when you’ve grown your own.

If you’re thinking of becoming involved in a community garden in your town or city, there are many benefits to you and the community -  as Paul found out when he spoke to urban horticulturist Emma Daniel in the middle of inner city Sydney at the Paddington Community Garden.


  • Growing your own fruit and vegetables gives individuals and families direct access to fresh organic produce giving great nutritional benefit.
  • Keeping a garden plot helps keep you physically fit.


  • Community gardens are environmentally sustainable and generally completely organic
  • Gardeners don’t use chemical fertilisers or compost systems; instead household waste is used to create organic composting systems, reducing landfill.
  • Community gardens green urban environments and re-green vacant lots


  • Gardening is mentally stimulating and adds to an individuals knowledge and expertise.
  • There is informal learning from fellow gardeners and there are also accredited training courses through schools and tertiary institutions.
  • Workshops are often held at community gardens regarding composting and fertilising.


  • By diversifying the use of open space and creating the opportunity for passive and active recreation, community gardens improve the urban environment.
  • Community gardens are social spaces where friends, neighbours and relatives congregate to not just garden but hold community events, hold cooking classes and swap produce.
  • People come form all different backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Community gardens develop community identity and community spirit.


If you’re a novice there is always someone to get you started and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to start a plot. You’ll only need a minimum of equipment as most tools are communal within the garden.

To find and start a garden near you, visit the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network website at www.communitygarden.org.au


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Posted by godmotherReport
l woulds love to do this comunity gardening but insurance would be an issue and people nicking suff off our farm