Community Garden

The seed of an idea for a Community Garden in the Hills was planted years ago but now, the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville is on the verge of seeing its dream for a Community Garden in Baulkham Hills flourish.

The Hills Shire Council has entered into a five-year licence agreement with the club allowing it to establish a Community Garden at Conie Avenue Reserve, in Baulkham Hills, opposite the North West Disabilities Services base.

President of the Rotary Club of The Hills- Kellyville, John van den Burg, said it would be a vital asset for the growing Hills Shire.

“Our involvement in the annual Sydney Hills Garden Competition as part of The Hills Shire Council’s Orange Blossom Festival revealed an opportunity for a community garden given the increase in higher density living in the area,” Mr Van den Burg said.

“We believe that this initiative could benefit many in the community for decades to come,” he added.

Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said community gardens had a number of benefits, including strengthening community connectedness.

“COVID-19 has affected many in our community, including the loss of employment and meaningful social connections with others. This community garden will provide a wonderful outlet for residents to re-connect with their community. It will also allow them to meet other like-minded individuals, while learning a new and beneficial skill in the process.”.

Community gardens have shown to contribute to a better and healthier lifestyle by:

• providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables

• helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness

• getting people active to help improve overall physical health

• providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging

• giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking

• providing an inclusive meeting area where all interested people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences

Community Garden membership will be open to everyone with an interest in gardening. Community members who want to guide how the garden will be set up are asked to contact the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville via their website, Facebook page or contact the Project Manager, Keith Stapley, on 0412 079 014.