eatable garden in community space
Carrots and root vegetables
kids in a community garden

A community garden grows plants, including vegetables and flowers.

Community gardening is a public, not-for-profit activity. It is environmentally friendly and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and share information about gardening.

Community gardens can be situated on public land owned or managed by Council. Suitable locations include parks, reserves, open spaces and community centres.

Who can start up a community garden?

Community groups that have formed an incorporated association can enter into a licence agreement with Council to run a community garden.  An incorporated association is a registered legal entity that represents small, non-commercial and not-for-profit groups. For information on how to become an incorporated association, contact Fair Trading NSW.

How to apply for a community garden

  1. Complete and submit a Community Gardens Application Form.
  2. We will carry out a feasibility assessment of the proposed site.
  3. If the site is suitable, we'll be in touch to discuss further.
  4. If approved, we will go out to public exhibition with your proposal. If no concerns are raised, we will proceed to the next stage.
  5. Enter into a licence agreement with Council for your community garden.

Apply for a community garden

What to consider when selecting a site

  • site conditions
  • environmental impacts
  • accessibility
  • utilities and services
  • security and anti-social behaviour
  • operational issues
  • adjoining properties.

Unsuitable sites

  • sensitive bushland areas
  • sites containing - or adjoining - threatened ecological communities
  • locations close to - or above - a creek or waterway
  • land set aside for future development
  • road reserve, including nature strips.

Fees and charges

The annual licence fee is $620.

The incorporated association is also responsible for the costs of running the community garden, such as water usage.


root vegetables
community garden in Sutherland Shire street
Nerang Rd Community Garden


Open Spaces team