Community gardens provide a space for like-minded individuals to collectively maintain an attractive green space in the city while providing an opportunity to grow and harvest fresh produce.
Community gardens also give the community the chance to get their hands dirty in a communal space with like-minded individuals, the opportunity to learn about gardening from the basics to the more advanced and brings together people from different areas, backgrounds and cultures to work as a community.
There are currently three community gardens operating on public land in Albury with a number more in the planning stages.
Bungam Community Garden
Located on the corner of Creek Street, Englehardt Street and Stanley Street in central Albury, the Bungam Community Garden was established in a partnership between AlburyCity and local residents with great support from Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga and Chep Pallets.
Beginning in July 2015, local residents from the surrounding neighbourhood have adopted garden beds to enjoy gardening in a shared space. The garden is all about growing produce, beautifying the public space and enjoying the company of neighbours and friends.
The name of the garden comes from its location on the edge of Bungambrawatha Creek, which is the largest creek in the area. The creek runs north to south through the city from Lavington and discharges into the Murray River near the Albury Botanic Gardens. The community garden is easily accessible by the Bungambrawatha Creek Trail.
Feel free to take a look around the gardens but please respect the hard work of the volunteer gardeners and do not help yourself.
The East Albury CommUnity Project Garden
The East Albury CommUnity Project Garden (commonly known as TEACUP garden) is located in Broad Street, East Albury. Installed in November 2016 with the support of funds from AlburyCity's Community and Cultural Grants, this garden is slowly transforming this extra large nature strip into a green community space.
Plummer Park Community Garden
Located on the corner of Panmure and Plummer Streets in South Albury, the Plummer Park Community Garden was installed over July and August 2017. This well-loved neighbourhood playground now boasts 22 garden beds with plans for new fences. Once again this community garden was supported by funds from AlburyCity's Community and Cultural Grants.
Norris Park Neighbourhood Garden
This is the newest garden, currently in planning stage. The first community consultation Park Party was held in November 2017 and over 50 neighbours came out to show their support for the idea of establishing a garden at the Anne Hogan Playground on Sarson Road, Norris Park. Plans for at least 20 garden beds are being developed with the intention to install the garden in Autumn 2018.
Future community gardens are being planned by community groups in North Albury and West Albury.
How can I join one of the established gardens?
Each community garden has limited space but we are keen to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.
- Priority is given to individuals, households and families that live in the immediate neighbourhood
- If there is a garden bed available then you may be offered the opportunity to adopt that space
- You will need to agree to and sign a Volunteer Gardeners Agreement between yourself and AlburyCity. This outlines the partnership between gardeners and AlburyCity and articulates the responsibilities of both parties.
- In the first instance, you will need to register your interest with AlburyCity's Cultural Development Co-ordinator, Narelle Vogel, on the link below.
How can I register my interest in establishing a neighbourhood/community garden in my area?
AlburyCity is keen to support the establishment of these gardens when the neighbourhood and community are supportive of the concept. From experience we have learnt that our team is able to manage the development of three gardens at any one stage – one that is at the consultation stage, one that is at the planning stage and one that is at the installation stage.
So if you are interested in joining the queue then please call the Cultural Development Coordinator, Narelle Vogel, to add your name to the list and to talk about what the steps are from here.