The many benefits of a thriving garden are heightened when people come together to create a community space for all to enjoy.
As block sizes seem to shrink with the inflating population, squeezing in a glorious garden seems to be a pipe dream of yesteryear. However, when community-minded people come together these dreams can be realised.
From the dusty heat of Kalgoorlie down to the vast beachside town of Esperance and multiple Perth locations, community gardening is a growing trend with a plethora of benefits for locals. According to Community Gardens WA, the gardens not only provide space to grow vegetables, native species and therapeutic plants but they also create an opportunity for locals to come together in the space and generate a true sense of community and friendship.
There are two options when starting community gardens, either a shared or community garden where people come together to tend to the plants or allotments where individuals lease a small space within the garden. The North Perth Community Garden combines both with a general area for all members, a space co-leased by a group of members who share the produce they nurture together and 41 individually leased spaces.
The North Perth Community Garden is based on 820 square metres of land that was once desolate, the only sign of life being plentiful weeds. In 2013, a hardworking group of volunteers converted the space into what is now a thriving community garden that hosts a productive orchard dolling out delicious fruit to members, healthy-looking vegetable patches and a pond humming with smiling frogs.
To start a garden in your area, visit communitygardenswa.com and look out for like-minded people to help you on your journey and the perfect space to host your shared sanctuary.
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