Stonnington set for community garden


Stonnington residents are set to get their first community food garden thanks to a passionate pastor at Armadale Baptist Church.

Senior pastor Jude Waldron offered up 170 square metres of un-utilised space within the church grounds in what will be the realisation of a dream she spent two years researching.

Jude says:

“We don’t have the manpower or resources to run the community garden, but we’re thrilled that this land is going to be utilised by our local community.”

The thousand-odd Stonnington residents who have previously expressed interest in a community garden will no doubt be as excited about at this news as Jude.

A steering committee is now in place to get the garden underway with representation from the local community, Armadale Baptist Church and Stonnington Council, with the hope it will be up and running early in 2015.

With a children’s playground at the site too, there’s fantastic potential for this to become a thriving hub for local children to learn about food growing.

If you know anything about fruit and vegetable growing, composting, worm farming and landscaping and would like to help get the garden underway, Jude and the team would love to hear from you.  Don’t worry if you don’t – anyone wanting to learn is welcome too!

Armadale Baptist Church
Jude Waldron – senior pastor:
88 Kooyong Road, Armadale
9822 7811

Stonnington Council  Parks, Environments & Buildings Department
Melissa Semken
03 8290 1333


Do you want  know of any unused land in your local community that could be used for food growing?  Read read my story on 3000 Acres to find out how you can make it happen.


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