Stamford Park Redevelopment
Victoria | Urban
The project was the initiative of two community mothers seeking to create a productive vegetable garden and communal green space - then rare in Perth. St Luke’s parishioners adopted the project as a community outreach initiative, providing seed funding and access to the land. Grants, donations and in-kind support from local businesses and community members helped to complete the project.
The Community Garden includes 27 raised beds that are allocated to local people to grow a variety of vegetables and flowers for themselves and their family. The rest of the garden has been planted out with a selection of native plants, a small orchard, a communal herb garden and seasonal crops. These sections and a pergola designed to conform to the historic precinct are for all garden members and visitors to enjoy.
Garden membership is open to anyone interested, offering various costs and conditions for bed holders, general members and friends. Members share a wealth of knowledge on vegetable growing, companion planting, organic practices, composting, soil improvement and native plants.
Busy bees, informative talks and social events are regularly held in the garden along with occasional workshops for school children featuring activities such as potato planting, vegetable hunts, soil workshops and worm appreciation courses. The garden was also the site of popular Eco fairs run in conjunction with the local council, schools and community groups.
The garden is managed by a six person volunteer committee elected by members, however all our members are encouraged to participate in the physical management of the garden during Busy Bees that happen at least four times a year. Operation is separate to St Luke's Church but the church administration and parishioners continue to be enormously supportive.