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Fact SheetIn recent years, many hectareso land on NSW social housingareas have been devoted tocommunity gardening.
Over 20,000 residents have participatedin the scheme, sharing valuable skillsand riendships as they work to improvetheir local environment. All over NSW,abandoned back-lots, wasteland andbalconies have been converted into areasgrowing vegetables, ruit and owers. The gardens orm part o the HousingNSW’s community renewal program. Thisprogram aims to build saer and strongercommunities, and encourage tenants toplay an active role in local decision making.Housing NSW is working with a rangeo partners to ensure the best possibleservices and outcomes or people in socialhousing. A range o organisations, including TheBotanic Gardens Trust, Sydney Water,the Department o Commerce, Universityo NSW, local government, and privatesponsors, have provided support or thecommunity gardening scheme.
The gardens have boosted communitylie in social housing areas. By providinga range o activities and attracting strongcommunity involvement, the gardens have:
stronger communication betweentenants o diverse ages andbackgrounds
and an equally healthy ood source
vocational skills – in gardening, planning,teamwork, resource allocation anddecision making
gardened beore) a genuine senseo pride and achievement rom theiraccomplishments
and appreciation o their physicalenvironment. This initiative unites communities and buildsconfdence and social interaction amongstsocial housing tenants.
Over 130 gardening communities are nowinvolved in gardening projects. There are95 community gardens on or near NSWsocial housing areas rom Toongabbie to Taree.
density public housing estate in inner-citySydney, have revitalised community lieand improved the local environment. Theraised garden beds in Solander allowolder and less mobile people to garden.
people o Russian, Vietnamese andIndonesian backgrounds) have growna range o vegetables ‘rom beetroot tobok choy’.
Riverwood in South Sydney haveattracted broad public recognition. Tenants have won gardening awards,and are known or their strongcooperation on the gardens.
Sydney have used old railway sleepersto raise garden beds to a height whichenables less mobile people to garden.Compost bins are used to recycle waste.
community gardens are also used orsocial events such as barbeques andannual celebrations. Vegetables areplucked resh rom the gardens and putstraight on the fre. These communalgatherings boost the sense o communityin the area.