Dunstan Reserve Food Forest

What’s it all about?

Dunstan Reserve Food Forest is a collection of fruit trees and other edible plants established in the mid-1990s. This substantial grove of over 30 mature, food-producing trees in public open space is unique within Melbourne. Fully open and accessible to everyone, it goes beyond the typical community garden model.

You can read the full history of the Food Forest by clicking below:


We hope the food forest will become:

  • a source of healthy, organic food,
  • a well-maintained, productive plantation of trees, 
  • a pleasant place for local residents to visit 
  • an outdoor classroom and exhibition garden, 
  • a social hub.

How do I get involved?

Everyone is welcome to get involved. The space and the trees belong to our community. You do not need to be a member, however if you would like to access the tools and equipment in the community garden you will need to sign up.

The best way to get involved is to come along to our working bees, which are held on the third Sunday of each month from 10am – approx. 2pm. 

You are also welcome to garden in the Food Forest at any time. We encourage you to come along to a working bee first so that you can learn about what needs to be done. 

Interested in helping to run the Food Forest? Apply to join our Working Group at this link!


Read all about our plans here:

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