Victoria | Urban
The Manly Vale Community Garden is an organic garden situated on land that was previously three housing blocks. The space features a combination of communal gardening areas and private rental plots, as well as Corbett Playground - a co-located children’s playground.
In addition to the provision of a space to conduct gardening activities and workshops, the facility provides members with the opportunity to host community and fundraising events, to welcome new members and encourage interaction with residents.
The playground and garden are open to the public at any time, however a membership is required to utilise the communal garden plots. Garden membership is available to local residents for a small annual fee. Members must attend an Occupational Health and Safety information session, to ensure safe gardening practices. Users are also asked to attend a minimum of three ‘working bees’ during the year, which provides an opportunity for members to work together in the garden and build relationships.
Governance of this community facility is divided between the Northern Beaches Council, who manage the playground and Manly Vale Community Garden Inc (MVCGI), who are responsible for the administration and maintenance of the community garden. MVCGI is run under the guidance of a member’s volunteer management committee.
Features of the Community Garden include: