Do you think it is appropriate or not, to provide access to community land in the Blue Mountains for community gardens? Please indicate your reasons.
Using community land for the cultivation of community gardens can provide benefits to both the community involved, as well as the wider community. It is important that community gardens are managed efficiently and effectively with an understanding of the particular needs of a Blue Mountains setting with the surrounding National Park.
For example, community gardens can influence the nutrition of families which participate actively and of those who attend education and training events about composting and gardening skills, delivered for the interest and enjoyment of people of all ages and abilities - in fact the whole community. The experience of participating in a community garden can diffuse any misconceptions about food sources.
Active participants in a community garden enjoy the benefit of access to fresh food and gardening activities that promote good health and fitness, as well as the social benefits. Community gardens in the Australian context usually emphasise collective or shared activities. This compares to the allotment style of gardens more commonly seen in Europe and the UK.