Lochiel Park Community Garden is a membership garden, with membership open to any who live within ‘reasonable walking distance’ (to reduce food miles and encourage frequent visits) and who support the goals of the garden (see Membership application).
The work of the garden is organised by a committee of elected members, who meet monthly to plan working bees and other activities, keep membership and other records, purchase supplies and plan for the development of the garden. All members are expected to attend working bees, or contribute to the running of the garden in other ways.
Working bees are held monthly on the last Sunday of the month (see Calendar for the next one), and where needed for special projects. An informal morning tea/brunch or meal is held after most working bees where members can discuss ideas, knowledge and share produce. There are often members working in the garden and particularly on a Wednesday afternoon, some members come to work on their plots or do tasks they see need doing between the monthly working bees.
Membership is currently set at $25 per year, with a fee of $25 per half year for plot holders, with an additional $10 per half year for plot holders to use fertilizer purchased by the Garden. Plots may be forfeited in the next season if not utilised and kept weed-free. There is sometimes a small waiting list for plots, and members are given first preference, but it is worth checking to see if plots are available
Informal visits are welcomed whenever you see the gate open and someone is working in the garden. Please make yourself known to them and stop for a chat.
Formal visits by groups or individuals can be arranged by contacting us to arrange a time.