Have you noticed any of the impromptu “verge” garden veggie patches springing up all over Sydney? At last we city folks are beginning to learn that ‘fresh from the garden’, organic foods grown on our very own streets is a delicious possibility! Not only is this great for our tummies and taste buds but also our wallets, fitness, community and local environment. It’s win-win all the way!

Bondi Junction’s local Sustainability Street Group in association with Waverley Council and Transition Bondi installed 4 raised veggie garden beds on Sunday 22nd May 2011 in Waverley Park. The day was run as a series of casual hands-on workshops, in order to show interested locals how to build a raised garden bed, create a no-dig garden and grow their own food – city style.


  • Council has agreed to allocated a 20x2m strip for a verge garden, along the fence line of the Youth Centre in Waverley Park, behind the netball courts on the Birrell St side of the Park.


  • To grow Waverley’s (green fingered) community through (verge) gardening


  • A chemical free garden
  • A shared & open community resource
  • No fences, no locks and no allocated plots
  • Educational workshops on sustainable gardening to be regularly held at the plot


  •  An educational resource through every step in its journey
  • Showcase reuse/recycling
  • Showcase organic and permaculture methods for building soil, plants, pest and water management.
  • Building sustainable communities
  • Provide a shining example – you too can do this!!!
  • Community growing – friendships

Opportunities & Purpose

  • To make available to the community details of HOW TO in their own gardens, beautify the area, engage park users in a way that will educate them to reduce rubbish left in the park, how to use recycled/safe garden containers

5 Responses to Vision

  1. Tracy says:

    Hi there,
    I missed the big dig but would love to be involved. I am on maternity leave currently and have spare time. I live in flood street Bondi just down from the park. please contact me re another pair of hands would love to learn

  2. Salla says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Thanks for your message. We will be posting information about the working bees on this website very shortly.
    You can get latest news in the friendly facebook group as well. I have just added a link in the menu! Hope to see you soon in the garden.

  3. Hello,
    My family would love to be involved in your wonderful community project!
    We live in Coogee and hope to hear some more about how we could lend a hand….
    Natasha and co.

  4. Penny Jones says:

    Hi Natasha,

    So sorry for the very late reply, I’ve only just seen your message. We’d love to have you and your family along to help at one of our working bees which occur on the third Sunday of every month at the garden from 10am. We, usually do some planting, composting, harvesting and the have a picnic. We communicate regularly through our facebook group so please feel free to join that at Waverley Park Communal Garden where you’ll see what we’ve been getting up to recently.

    Hope to see you soon

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