About the Carss Park Community Garden
The Carss Park Community Garden has been developed on one of the bowling greens of the old Carss Park Bowling Club. Since 2008, Kogarah City Council has been working with a committee of local volunteers to develop and create the Carss Park Community Garden.
The project is an on-going process with the completion of the multi-function straw bale shed and toilet, four shared garden beds, 20 individual garden beds, four raised mobility garden beds, a frog pond, a herb spiral, a variety of orchard trees planted, installation of rain water tanks. The completed gardens have provided the members of the garden a way to reduce their grocery bills by harvesting seasonal produce.
Current garden projects include the completion of a teaching bed for Narani Childcare Centre and the construction of a garden for the children of the Community Garden Members.
The benefits of becoming a Carss Park Community Garden member include:
- opportunities to socialise with like-minded residents
- sharing your gardening knowledge
- learning new gardening skills
- potential cost savings on your grocery bills
- availability of your own organically grown vegetables and fruits
- being part of a sustainable initiative
- participate in workshops
The Community Garden is located on the corner of Carwar Ave and Carlton Crescent, Carss Park.
Working bees are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8am, and every third Wednesday of the month from 9am.
The membership cost is $50 p.a. and after you have been an active member of the shared garden for six months, you may apply for your own plot for an additional $50 p.a. The total cost for your own individual plot is $100 p.a.
To become a member, download and complete the Carss Park Community Garden Membership Form. Payments can be made in person at Kogarah City Council's Customer Service Centre, 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah.
Straw bale shed
The straw bale shed was opened by the Mayor on 27 August 2009. The straw bale shed is used for community meetings and workshops as well as the storage of tools and other items used by the community gardeners.
In keeping with the sustainability ethos of the gardens, the shed walls were built from straw bales, recycled tyres were used in the foundation, lime render was used in place of cement, timber was plantation-grown Paulownia timber, the shed includes the installation of rainwater tanks and the building has a "truth window" to show visitors the straw bale construction of the walls.
If you would like further information or have any questions regarding the Carss Park Community Garden, please contact Kogarah City Council's Customer Service Centre on 9330 9400.