Putting Down Roots - A Brief History of the Ringwood Community GardenPlots at Canterbury Road (click to enlarge)

Ringwood Community Garden was established after a public meeting held on March 11th, 1980. By the following July the Ringwood Council had negotiated for the lease of four acres of land, from the then Country Roads Board, “for use as a Community Garden until it is required for Freeway works.”

Canterbury Road Site - Raised Beds (click to enlarge)From early October of that year 79 garden and 3 raised plots were available to be let and the Ringwood Community Garden Co-Operative was under way, continuing to flourish for the next two decades with an average annual membership of sixty people.

Nine years on, in October 1989, the Club successfully applied to Corporate Affairs - Victoria to register as the Ringwood Community Garden Incorporated.

In the late 1990s the Ringwood Community Garden Contract signing in 2003 (Click to enlarge)was informed that it would have to vacate the site as its home of 20 years, on the Eastlink easement, was required for road works in 2003.

So, after more than 2 decades at the corner Canterbury and Belgrave Roads, Ringwood, the Ringwood Community Garden moved to a new site in Selkirk Avenue, Wantirna.

The Hon. Phil Barresi officially opens the 'New' RCG in 2004 (click to enlarge)

We have been operating there since July 2004 and are delighted with the progress made to date.

Over 100 plots (10m x 3m) have been developed, water put on, fencing erected, a shed built and a greenhouse constructed on the 1.5 acres (0.6 hectare).

An official opening was held on December 3rd by the Hon. Phil Barresi.

The Committee's ability to achieve this outcome was a result of persistent lobbying along with the valuable assistance of Federal, State and Local Government politicians and representatives, together with the work of Melbourne East Area Consultative Committee (MEACC).Putting roots down at the new site (click to enlarge)

The Ringwood Community Garden received financial support from Maroondah City Council and from the Federal Government's Regional Partnership which has allowed it to develop the site to its current state. As "a major recreation facility" in Maroondah, the Ringwood Community Garden also received funding towards the purchase of equipment from the 2006 and 2007 Maroondah City Council Community Grant Scheme, and receives on-going maintenance and development support from Maroondah City Council.

In early February 2007, the Ringwood Community Garden opened its gates to the public for the first time in its 26 year history with a highly successful 'Taste of Summer' Open Garden. July 2007 saw Ringwood Community Garden celebrate 3 years of growth since our relocation with full membership and ongoing site development.

New facilities include a secure storage cube, water tanks, concrete access paths and perimeter plots.

30th yearIn March 2010 Ringwood Community Garden celebrated 30 years of operation - opening with a hugely successful Open Garden in January and culminating in August when Gardening Australia Magazine published a 3 page article and John Patrick took viewers through the Ringwood Community Garden in a segment on ABC TV Gardening Australia.

Once again in February 2013 the Garden was invited to open its gates to the public as part of the Open Garden Scheme.


Images of Contract signing (2003) and the Official Opening (2004) courtesy of MEACC