Communal Gardening

Communal gardening has been an important part of the West Brunswick Community Garden since the garden re-established in 2012.

We’ve created various ways and spaces to garden together to help people meet and connect, pursue their interests, and to enable more people to garden (with communal gardening areas, you can get started - you don't have to join a waiting list as you do for individual plots). Gardeners can learn together from more experienced gardeners or from those with different gardening traditions, and people can participate casually, when life allows.

Our garden’s communal growing areas include:
  • the two large growing beds (along the West and North fences)
  • the two long, skinny, raised beds near the greenhouse
  • the spaces around the inside of the garden fence (perimeter)
  • the ground cover plantings and fruit tree beds in the Food Forest
  • Triangle herb bed near the north gate
Here's a map showing them all (in purple).

All our communal growing areas are managed by small groups of volunteers who work out what people want to grow and plant, and plan for that to happen. They are organised seasonally for propagation, planting, pruning, mulching etc (rather than everyone planting things wherever they like). 

Communal gardening is about making a space, when personal plots are full you can still come down and grow at the garden; if you need fresh vegetables become a member, come down and help and take home healthy veg; if you want to grow yacon, berries, artichokes, rhubarb … anything thats big or exotic or takes forever to grow we've got the space for your passion in the Communal Beds and best of all you get to share your passion with others.

Communal gardening is for everyone. All of our members are invited to participate in communal gardening. Communal gardeners are asked to donate $40 ($25 for concession holders) towards plants, mulch, nutrients, supports and all the other things involved in everyday gardening (unless you are already personal plot holders in which case you pay nothing more).

To find out how to get involved with communal gardening join us at a working bee on the second or fourth Sunday of any month or get in touch.