Freshwater Community Garden

Friends of Freshwater Community Garden
between Crown Rd & Queenscliff Rd

Re: Compost Project 2018

Today I went to New Leaf Nursery and used 3.5 vouchers to get 4x 58 litre compost bins plus 2 aerators at no cost to the Garden. We now have 3-.5 vouchers left ( or $300 worth of goods).  New Leaf is contacting Council’s Waste Management Officer to see if we can use some of the vouchers for plants.
Rochelle: thanks for the offer to purchase the aerators but they were available at New Leaf.
We now have 6 compost bins but may need two more.  We also need signage, dolomite, rock dust and lucerne from the remaining vouchers.
Tomas that is a great idea and we will go to Bunnings on Sunday morning to purchase roofing material for the Green bins plus additional items such as Red and Green paint ( for lids); new water timers; new BBQ cover. We will also need to start working on explanatory signage for the composting process, so as to introduce the compost recipe procedure to those in apartments nearby who have been asking to place kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps in the bins.
Michelle please note that we also have the opportunity to  obtain another worm farm + worms should you think it useful.
Looking forward to seeing as many as possible on Sunday for the Garden Gathering from 10am.
for the Community Garden Committee
Welcome to our Community Garden this weekend and come and join us for some of the collective tasks.

Permaculture Northern Beaches Green Home Initiative

Thursday, May 31 – 7:15 PM


Interested in traditional bush plants and their uses as food and medicine?

Jess Sinnott is an owner and educator from the indigenous company Koori Kinnections which runs bush food cooking classes, school incursions, guided bush walks, resource talks, weaving workshops and more. It is an 100% Aboriginal owned and employed company in Sydney.

Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. She has gained a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage. She will talk us through traditional bush foods and bring along a few delicious dishes for us to sample that use bush food ingredients!

Entry is by donation. All welcome. No need to book.

Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.

The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.





Thursday, June 28 – 7:15 PM


Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals?

‘Living the Change’ explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one can be part of – this is inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in a sustainable and regenerative way.

From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time-banking, ‘Living the Change’ offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Watch the trailer here:

Entry is $7 non-members and $5 for members.  Soup is available for $3 a bowl/cup. Please bring crockery and cutlery on the night. All welcome!! No need to book.

Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.

The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.



The garden is being recognised;


A Finnish research team from the University of Turku is currently in Australia identifying sustainability initiatives in local communities.  Team Members from the Finland Futures Research Centre, Professor Markku Wilenius and Dr. Ana Jones, recently visited the Freshwater Community Garden to observe how small green spaces can be used for a greater community purpose. They were impressed at the recycling of resources, water collection, composting, bee-keeping and collective production of fruit, vegetables and herbs. They were also impressed by the capacity of the Community Garden to provide a social focus for people residing in nearby medium density housing.


Freshwater Community Garden is now into its 5th year of existence and is a testimony to the persistent work of local volunteers with a small level of assistance from local government.

Volunteers in the unfenced Crown Reserve Garden, tend the plants, mow the lawns, remove the weeds and harvest the crops.  Many friendships have been formed during these activities.

These local bottom-up environmental initiatives, according to the Finnish Futures Research Centre have a wider application globally.

Freshwater Community Garden seeks to create an attractive, welcome, shared and safe place to grow fruit trees, vegetables and flowers using sustainable practices, and to promote social harmony and inclusion through building community capacity.

  • To encourage the spirit of co operation, consultation, community pride and achievement.
  • To build the capacity of the community through the development of skills and knowledge.
  • To provide opportunities for formal and informal learning about recycling resources (including garden organic recycling), reduction of waste and water, composting and other techniques associated with sustainable living.
  • To promote community connection and understanding through meeting and socialising with like minded people.
  • To co operate with nature to establish and maintain an ecologically balanced and sustainable method of growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and trees.
  • To support the growth of similar gardens within Warringah and other areas through the provision of information and resources where possible.

All Committee members, garden members, friends of the garden and visitors to the Freshie Community Garden are to exercise the upmost care and priority to ensure that the community garden area is laid out and maintained in such a manner to provide easy, safe access free from obstructions and trip hazards.
Care must be taken to ensure that whilst using tools with long handles or sharp blades or prongs that other persons on site are not placed at risk of injury. Tools are not to be laid on the ground but stowed upright and any sharp protrudence (rake/garden fork) turned inward when not in use.
Any accident on site is to be reported to a Committee member for documentation and investigation.
A first aid kit will be available on site for basic first aid assistance.

Allotment Holders of the Freshie Community Garden are limited to residents of the Warringah Local Government Area with preference given to those who live within a 1 kilometre radius of the garden and who do not have their own private garden.
Those with private gardens are encouraged to apply as a Friend of the Garden, as preference to Allotment Holders is given to those with little opportunity to garden at home.
Allotments, with a modified design, will be provided for people with a physical disability.

The garden will comprise areas allocated to shared and private allotments/gardens. There will be fruit trees and vines in the designated orchard sector and on trellis arrangements at the borders which are a shared responsibility to plant, feed, water and prune. Produce arising from the shared areas of the garden will be used in the first instance to generate income for the garden and secondly to share amongst the members.

The garden will be set up and maintained using organic/permaculture principles.

A person/organisation must be a financial member of the Freshie Community Garden to hold an allotment and participate in the shared area of the garden.

An annual membership fee of $10.00* per individual and is included in the Annual Fee

Friends of the Garden – This means that people who do not wish to garden but would like to be involved, can participate in social activities, attend working bees, attend workshops. Also, if Friends of the Garden have skills that they would like to contribute to the garden, i.e. assist in composting, propagating etc

This fee will be;

$70.00 for a large Allotment (approx size 3 m x .9 m) 

Members can apply to the Garden Committee to have the fee waived if payment would cause financial hardship.

Category Fee Due Date


Allotment Holders – Large Allotment $70.00 per each year (*including Membership of Friends of Freshwater $10 )


Freshie Community Garden is an activity of the Friends of Freshwater Inc.The Friends of Freshwater Inc are legally responsible for the activities of the

Freshie Community Garden and hold the Public Liability Insurance cover.The operation of the Garden will be vested in a Community Garden Committee

The Community Garden Committee will be elected in October each year and will comprise five (5) members and will meet bi- monthly.

The elected Freshie Garden Committee will elect their office bearers.

Positions on the Freshie Community Garden Committee are:


Deputy Chair


Membership Officer/Treasurer

Ordinary members.

Complaints concerning the operation of the garden should be directed in writing, in the first instance, to the Freshie Garden Committee.

If a satisfactory solution cannot be reached then the matter should be raised with the Chairperson of the Friends of Freshwater Inc. The Executive will review the complaint at the next Executive meeting and respond in writing within 14 days of a decision being reached.

The complainant may contact the NSW Ombudsman on 9286 1000 should the matter not be resolved satisfactorily.

1. Only one allotment is available per household. Provision will be made for children to have a shared allotment.
2. Allotment holders must maintain eligibility status.
3. Allotment Holders must be financial members of the Freshie Community Garden.
4. Produce grown in the private garden allotment is for private consumption only and           cannot be sold.
5. Allotments can not be sub let.
6. Any change of address, phone number or email address must be notified immediately to     the Freshie Garden Committee membership officer.
 7. Fees and other payments must be paid promptly. Fees are non – refundable.
     If a member becomes unfinancial then his/her allotment will be forfeited.
8. Members are required to keep their allotment and surrounds weed free and to regularly grow vegetables, herbs,flowers or other plants.
9. Members are required to attend 50% of working bees scheduled for general
    maintenance of the communal areas. If participation is less than 50% then an
    invitation to renew his/her allotment and membership may not be issued.
10. No animals are allowed in the designated garden area except for seeing eye dogs.  Crown Reserve is not designated an ‘off leash’ reserve. Any garden member who brings a dog to the reserve must have the animal on a leash at all times. The garden member is to secure the dog to an immovable object outside the designated                  boundaries of the Freshie Community Garden. Should the dog bark or whine excessively the garden member is required to remove the dog to another part of the reserve and attend to its’ need for companionship.
11. Gardeners can work in the garden from 9am to 6pm.
12. The garden allotment must be utilised for the purposes of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers only.
      There is a 2m height restriction and Allotment holders are encouraged to plant  on a north-south axis so as to avoid overshadowing of adjoining allotments. All frames must be sited where they do not shade adjacent allotments
13. Allotment holders should not construct fences of any permanent materials around
     their allotments.
14. Prohibited plants as decreed by law should not be grown.
15. Garden members should seek approval from a Committee member before planting any shrub, tree or perennial plant in the common area of the garden. The committee member in considering the request is to take into account the overall plan of the garden, the height and shading effect if any on member allotments and the ongoing maintenance issues such as water requirements, fertiliser, pruning, root invasion, soil depth required to support the bulk of the plant.
16. Allotment holders will ensure that sharp tools are put away, the common shed is locked when leaving the garden. Knives should not be left unattended at anytime.
17. Allotment holders must notify the Committee if locks, taps, tools etc require  maintenance at any time.
18. Paths must be kept clear.
19. Burning of waste is not permitted.
20. If Allotment holders are unable to maintain their Allotment due to illness or absence on holidays they must inform the Committee. Any arrangement for a friend or relative to care for the Allotment must have the consent of the Committee and must be for periods of no more than nine weeks.
21. Weedicides/Herbicides/Pesticides are banned. Companion planting is encouraged as an alternative and natural pest management approaches as described in the  workshop.
22. Hoses without a suitable spray nozzle and on/off handle must not be used for watering gardens.
23. All gardeners are responsible in ensuring water, when taken from the piped tap is used wisely and ensure there is no wastage from overfilling of containers, leaving the tap running while not in attendance at the tap or leaving the tap dripping.
24. Noxious weeds, such as oxalis and onion weed, must be removed from the garden for safe disposal. Do not add to the compost heap. Members must remove weeds from their allotments and never allow them to “come to seed” and contaminate any garden bed on site.
25. Members who do not intend to cultivate their allotments in the winter months are requested to either cover them with ‘weed cloth’ or grow a suitable ‘green manure’ crop to assist in the elimination or reduction in weed growth.
26. Any Allotment Holder not complying with the rules stated above will be requested to take action to amend the problem. Failure to fix the problem within 14 days may lead  to the the Committee issuing a letter advising that the allotment has been forfeited Allotment holders who receive three warnings per annum will have their allotment automatically forfeited.

Waiting List

A waiting list will be established by the Freshie Garden Committee if there are more applicants for a personal allotment than is available. The waiting list applicants must remain a financial member of the

Freshie Community Gardento maintain their position on the waiting list. The applicants on the waiting list will be recorded in chronological order and will be invited to take up a personal allotment by the Garden Committee as and when a vacant allotment is available or if and when further allotments are added to the garden.In the interim applicants can still participate in the activities of the garden through contribution to the establishment and maintenance of the shared garden area and attendance at organised activities.