Are you a kitchen-garden green thumb or want to be? Are you looking for a physical community and a space to learn how to grow your own organic fruit, herbs, or vegetables? Then becoming a member of the Hughes Park Community Garden might be the way to go.
Hughes Park Community Garden
Hughes Park Community Garden (HPCG) is member-run and supported by Lane Cove Council as the only existing public community garden in the Lane Cove Cammeraygal region. There used to be one run by Permaculture in Lane Cove North but it had to move after the land they were using was sold by the Uniting Church.
Located in Lane Cove West on Waterview Drive, HPCG is a fenced garden and shares the beautiful Hughes Park area with green picnic spaces, playground, exercise areas, community centre, and braille path, nestled between the medium-rise apartment blocks on the North-Western edges of Burns Bay.
Hughes Park Lane Cove is located at 314 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove West. To access the park turn left from Burns Bay Road at the first set of lights after the Penrose Street and Burns Bay Road Intersection (if you are coming from Lane Cove Village). See Map here.
Become a Member
As hobby gardeners, at HPCG they are passionate about providing space for organic kitchen gardening and nurturing local pollinator networks.
Members come from diverse backgrounds and demographics, all are welcome. Time in the garden is an opportunity to learn from the experience of fellow gardeners, provides a place to connect with the seasonality of local flora and fauna, and they almost always take home seasonal organically grown produce after working in the garden.
As a newer development in the Lane Cove area, the community garden space was established by an independent not-for-profit organisation when the Hughes Park section of the Waterview Drive development was completed around seven years ago.
Following the end of their five-year lease, the garden was handed back to Lane Cove Council, prompting the gardeners to apply to the council to continue the garden, and establish a new not-for-profit: Hughes Park Community Garden.
The garden membership is reviving after an extended dormant period during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the last two years.
Especially given the prolific rainy season over the last year, there is much work to be done in the garden.
Apart from general maintenance, the members have many exciting plans for HPCG such as increasing accessibility of the garden facilities, wheel-chair friendly paths and re-installing a native (stingless) Sugarbag bee colony.
The annual membership fee is $75 and requires monthly physical contributions to maintain the garden as well as assist with the running of the organisation.
If you are interested in joining, HPCG would love to hear from you via email, and invite interested gardeners to join HPCG for a site induction during their working bees – an opportunity to work together to maintain the garden, as well as chat about all things garden-related over a cuppa.
Though HPCG is not yet a registered charity, as a not-for-profit organisation they welcome sponsorship, donations, and volunteers to help the community garden to flourish.
Working bees are from 9 am in HPCG on the first Sunday of the month.
Contact Details Hughes Park Community Garden
The above info was provided by An Marosszeky (HPCG, Management Committee Secretary) in consultation with HPCG Members.
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