Most Sustainable Neighbourhood groups identify community gardening as a priority for their group. The Alliance recognises that community gardens can provide significant benefits to participants and the wider community, including through:
- Increased community connection and social capital;
- Health benefits associated with increased access to fresh food, and increased physical activity;
- Site improvements and activating community spaces;
- Development of education and learning hubs; and
- Spreading waste awareness messages and reducing resource consumption behaviours.
For Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups who would like to establish and manage a community garden project, the following policy and procedures apply.
Community Garden Policy
The policy defines when a community garden project may come under the Alliance's umbrella, and some basic ground rules and relationship to a Sustainable Neighbourhood group.
Community Garden Induction Book
This book is intended to be used by the garden group to ensure all volunteers and visitors at their site understand the relevant risks, and agree to the conditions of participation at the garden. It is intended that the risk management plan contained in this book will be reviewed according to the specific site and governance arrangements for each community garden project.
Community Garden Work Diary
This diary will be used by the garden group to document the details and people present at each occasion that works take place at the garden site.
Please contact us if your group is considering a community garden project.