IT’S 11AM on the sunny and warm Saturday morning of 30 October in Darlington as Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, opens the Charles Perkins Reserve renovation. A part of the makeover of the Reserve is
Charlie’s Garden, a small food garden managed by a group of local people.
It’s a shared garden, Charlie’s, a couple rows of raised beds of recycled bricks built by Sydney Organic Gardens and finished by the gardeners in a September working bee. Now, the seedlings that were planted then are growing, tended by the gardeners who have set up a watering roster.
Charlie’s Garden demonstrates how community gardening can be incorporated into the design of city parks as one of the landuse options. The Reserve also has passive recreation, a children’s playground, BBQ and shaded sitting areas below the mature trees.
View photos of the construction of Charlie’s Garden.