Community Gardens FAQ

Can I put anything on my plot?

We ask that you don’t plant anything that may reduce shade and access to neighbouring plots, so no trees or rampant vines, however, flowers, as well as vegetables and herbs, are fine.

Watering – is it OK to use a hose?

Hoses are allowed as long as they fit with any current water restrictions and are hand-held when any other gardener is waiting to use a tap. Sprinklers are not permitted. Water restrictions should be posted on the noticeboard, but if in any doubt, please check at

How can I get rid of weeds?

It is better to dig out weeds rather than cut off the tops which encourages a stronger root system.

Plant out the plot with no room for weeds!

Fencing around plots?

Fencing has to be safe, that is, without protruding metal and not falling over.

I have to go away – can someone help care for my plot

Tell your neighbour or contact the CGWG. Where possible, arrangements will be made to help temporary absences.

I can’t do weekend working bees due to changes at my work?

Contact the CGWG to discuss the possibility of some alternative arrangement.

What are the access arrangements to the plots?

The garden gates are locked with a padlock. Gardeners are informed of the combination and go to the plots any time during daylight hours. If you are confident you are the last person to leave, please lock the gate on your departure, and in a way the padlock is accessible to the next person to visit.

Does it have to be veggies, veggies, veggies?

Not at all! Flowers are welcome (ask the bees)!

Can I bring my dog to the gardens?

Yes, responsible owners may bring their well-mannered dog to the Community Gardens but no excessive barkers please.  You may bring your dog under the following conditions:  

  • Dogs are to remain on a lead and under effective control at all times.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended.
  • Be respectful of other gardeners.
  • Clean up after your dog.

Your cooperation helps keep the Community Gardens dog-friendly.

Can children come?

Children are very welcome, but when snakes are about, keep them nearby. They need to be mindful of those around you and the noise level low.

Can I send a family member to deputise at a Working Bee?

Family members are welcome to assist at Working Bees but not in lieu of a gardener unless they have attended before and know the process.

Can I pass my plot to a friend or family member?

No, if a friend/family wants a plot, they must apply and go on the waiting list.

When are snakes likely to lurk?

Under plastic is a favourite place for snakes so try to remove any plastic sheeting on your plot, likewise piles of wood should be removed. Please do not use old carpet on paths, it may reduce weeds but creates a cosy spot for snakes. Compost bins should be well sealed so snakes can’t get in.

Is it OK to smoke at the plots?

No, the whole Farm is a smoke-free zone.

Can I apply for more than one plot?

No, but if you would like to do more gardening, contact the CGWG who may be able to connect you with someone who needs help.

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