Pentridge Community Garden

Pentridge is a new community garden within the grounds of the historic Pentridge Prison in Coburg.

The site is being redeveloped for housing, community facilities, cinema, cafes, retail and artists studios. The developer, Shayher Group, understands that a community garden is a perfect addition to the precinct and has made a site available.

A group of local community members has come together to design, build and operate the garden. Please join us and help grow our garden into a vibrant part of the Coburg community.

Getting involved

The Pentridge Community Garden is unique in that we have a large amount of space allocated to community gardening. This means that we can house a whole variety of plants, and that there’s always something different to do.

Become a member

1. Gardening Membership | $70 full, $35 concession, $120 families 

Gardening Membership gets you access to the large communal gardening space and use of all tools and materials at any time. We supply seeds and seedlings to plant although you are also welcome to bring your own. We also provide fertiliser, mulch, soil, compost, and everything else needed to make the garden thrive. Our more experienced members will be happy to help you develop your gardening skills.

All gardening members share the harvest of fresh fruit, veggies, flowers and herbs that come from our hard work. There's always plenty to go around!

2. Friends of the Garden | $20, $10 concession
For those who want to support the Pentridge Community Garden, but don't want to use the communal space. This membership includes site insurance so that you can access the compost bins outside open hours.

  • Members of the Pentridge Community Garden automatically become members of our parent organisation, Moreland Community Gardening (MCG). This gives you a say in how the garden is run, the opportunity to become an organiser or board member, and a vote in the AGM. Family memberships entitle you to nominate two MCG members. 
  • Members will be added to our member-only Facebook group. 
  • We are building a handful of personal plots for Gardening Members who are interested in tending their own private space. We notify members periodically via email when these become available. An additional annual fee is charged for use of a personal plot 

Drop off your compost

If you want to contribute to our compost, but not participate in gardening, you are welcome to come to the garden to deposit your scraps during open hours. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date times.

Contact us

Like the Pentridge Community Garden public Facebook Page

Click here to see what’s on this month.

For questions, enquiries, comments or anything else to do with Pentridge Community Garden contact:

Where to find us

The garden is located at the corner of Murray Road and Stockade Avenue, Coburg - opposite Coburg Lake.

The 526 and 561 buses go right past and the 530 and 534 or the No 19 tram are pretty close too.! Or you can park in Stockade Ave or the new side street, Moonering Drive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the garden open only to Pentridge residents? No! Anyone is welcome to join us.

Do I need to have gardening experience? No! We all bring different skills to the garden and we are looking forward to learning from each other. If you would like to come along for some company and perhaps to learn a bit about gardening, that’s great!

How big is the space? The site is around 1500m2, of which 1250m2 is usable for gardening.

Can I volunteer my building/painting/woodworking skills? Yes! The garden is up and running, but it’s still a work in progress. We’ll continue to build and fill garden beds and complete the site over the coming months.

Will there be private allotments? Yes. We have a combination of communal gardening and personal plots (aka allotments). We’ll open expressions of interest for private plots in the coming weeks.

Is the garden wheelchair accessible? The entrance to the garden is accessible from the footpath with a slight lip where the concrete ends. There are no steps in the garden, and the ground is made of gravel with some larger rocks that may be difficult to navigate. The shed (shipping container) is not wheelchair accessible.

What can I put in the community garden compost?
You can compost fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, pet and human hair, dried leaves, straw or hay, non-glossy paper (torn up) and cardboard (torn up).

When can I access the compost?
Members can access the compost around-the-clock, and anyone is welcome to drop off their compost during open garden sessions (or whenever the gate is open).