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About Us

Balgowlah Community Garden was formed in 2011 as a joint initiative between Manly Council and Cancer Council NSW. The original aims were to promote healthy exercise, community engagement and the consumption of fruit and vegetables.


We have recently become an independent, member-run incorporation with activities of the garden being overseen by a volunteer Management Committee. However, our governing principles have not changed and we are still committed to providing a space for personal and vegetable growth.

In the time since the Garden's launch this vacant residential plot has been transformed into a vibrant community space committed to the practice and education of organic gardening. There is a combination of leased plots and communal beds to allow for individual experimentation as well as shared gardening to grow communal produce.


Regular member activities such as the care of our chooks, monthly working bees and fundraisers keep our community growing strong. We welcome members from all walks of life, and with any level of gardening experience. 

A source of sustainable food

A place to relax and reflect

A home for eager gardeners

A community for young & old

A school for healthy hopefuls

Working Bees

Working Bees are held on the last Saturday of every month, from Garden opening to around lunchtime. 

Anyone who is interested in getting their hands dirty is welcome to join the Working Bee.


Activities on the morning usually include:

  • Tending to shared beds

  • Harvesting community veggies

  • Completing garden projects

  • Composting and vermicomposting

  • Eating home baked morning tea!

Opening Hours

The garden is open during the following times:

  • 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday

  • 12pm to 5pm  Sunday

Daylight Saving Time

  • 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday

  • 2pm to 7pm Sunday

Public Holidays 

Open weekday hours

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