Telegraph report highlights community garden benefits

IN CONTRAST to the reporting on the Ultimo Community Garden in which the local newspaper focused on controversy, The Telegraph in March this year reported on community gardens in a more positive light.

The growth in the number of community gardens and the reality that they are an idea with appeal to a broad socioeconomic range were features of the story written by Neil Keene.

The theme of the Telegraph story was the growth in community garden numbers rather than contestation over public land. This is not to say that we should expect only positive reporting of community gardening. What we should expect is fair reporting that maintains proportionality in the body of opinion it presents.

The Telegraph story quoted Newcastle’s Craig Manhood who attributed social reasons to the popularity of community gardening.

Surrounded by an abundance of growing food, there’s time for a quiet conversation at Alexandria Park Community Garden


FOLLOWING is the story from the Telegraph

“Community gardens are flourishing in the concrete jungles of NSW

Neil Keene March 12 2010.


are flourishing across the state as thousands of urban green thumbs emerge from the concrete jungle to get involved.

Supporters have said the dozens of communal gardens that have sprung up in Sydney in recent years not only offer a chance to grow herbs and vegetables – they are helping people reconnect in an increasingly isolating society.

Demand for land to establish new gardens in Sydney is so great that several councils have had to write up policies controlling where the plots should go and how many there should be.

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network spokesman Russ Grayson estimated there were 80 gardens already operating in Sydney and there were more in the pipeline.

“There are gardens in the city, gardens on the North Shore in fairly affluent areas – they cross all social classes,” he said.

It is a similar story in other parts of the state, with residents embracing the sharing, caring principals at the root of the community garden concept. The idea is simple – form a group with members of the community, find spare land (often council land), grow and harvest fresh food to be shared by all. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or background.

Craig Manhood, project officer with one of 10 community gardens in Newcastle, said gardening was just one attraction. “The main thing I get from it is the interaction with other people,” he said.”

READ the story on the Daily Telegraph website.


  1. Daniel

    Im shocked News Ltd has anything positive to say when it involves gardens, greening and Greens…

  2. Steph

    I’m interested to hear there are community gardens on the north shore, does anyone know where abouts?

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