About Bedford Park Community Garden

Bedford Park Community Garden is a place of learning, living, growth and community. A green place in the heart of the Eastern suburbs designed to generate, foster and promote all things sustainable. With a quarter of an acre of green fertile land right behind the main building of the community centre and nestled in some gorgeous remnant bush we have something for everyone.

Central Ringwood Community Center, already a fantastic hub, has drawn together a group of like minded people to spearhead this amazing space. Conceived in 2015, the team have developed and grown this area into a vibrant space full of fresh air, fresh greens and fresh ideas. After nearly five years of planning and community consultation the garden itself is starting to come into its own; and what a garden it is. We have herbs, veg, fruit and lots of space to add your own. We offer classes from a range of local sustainability gurus, from bees to kombucha, DIY home cleaners and beauty products to a full 80hr Permaculture Design course... and so much more. We have worked closely with a range of local community groups and love fostering these connections so give us a buzz if you are looking for a glorious outdoor space, a speaker or just some sustainability info. 
It's also a popular spot for birthday parties. Contact the Centre to book ph:98702602

Our community garden is your community garden. We want to see you wandering this green space, taking in the sights or picknicing. Talk to some of our members, grab some fresh produce or better yet, join us at one of our Wednesday Wonderers working bees or workshops and get your hands dirty. Our annual Sustainability Fair is not to be missed, our makers market is always a popular event and our permaculture course sells out well in advance so make sure to keep in touch, visit often, enjoy and get involved.

“You can spend your whole life traveling around the world searching for the Garden of Eden, or you can create it in your backyard.”

― Khang Kijarro Nguyen

BECOME A MEMBER

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Introduction to Habitat Gardening with Olwyn Smiley from The Back Yard Vegetable

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Click to WATCH Habitat Gardening Video 
Select links below for the presentation resources
Habitat Gardening presentation notes

Identifying Butterflies

Conservation 

Get Involved
The Community Garden is surrounded by Significant Remnant Bushland as well as High-quality Revegetation bushland. Consider joining our "Friend of Bedford Park" volunteer team to help care for these beautiful spaces and learn more about Bushland conservation and Indigenous flora and fauna of Maroondah. 
email admin@crccinc.org.au for more information. 
If you have a local reserve closer to you than Bedford Park, consider joining your local Friend Of groups. Details of these can be found HERE

Neighbours For Nature

Info Session and Pant GIVEAWAY Thursday May 12

Want to plant a native garden at your place? Not sure where to start? 
Our Neighbours for Nature program helps Maroondah residents learn about habitat gardening and establish important "stepping stone" gardens which help connect the last remaining pockets of natural bushland. Native gardens are also low maintenance, and require less water, while also being beautiful and supporting local flora and fauna. 

We have already given away 400 FREE Indigenous seedlings and are gearing up to give away more at our next event this Thursday 12th of May


REMINDER: 
2022 City Nature Challenge is starting this Friday (29th April) to Monday (2nd May).



There is still time to register to the range of FREE Nature Discovery Activities happening in Maroondah over the four days, see below the activities along with their registration links. Get in quick as spots are limited. Although rain is forecast, all activities are still expected to go ahead as planned.



Join in the Challenge by jumping on iNaturalist over the four days and recording all of the wild plants, animals, and fungi you can find in your local area.



Nature Discovery activity - focusing on frogs and reptiles 

  • Date: Friday 29 April, 2022 
  • Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm 
  • Location: Scott Street Reserve/Dandenong Creek, Heathmont. 
  • Facilitator: David De Angelis - Professional ecologist - Frogs, reptiles, other fauna, general plants 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on plants 

  • Date: Saturday 30 April, 2022 
  • Time: 10am to 12noon 
  • Location: BJ Hubbard Reserve, Ringwood North.  
  • Facilitator: Julia Franco - Professional botanist/local resident – plants, fungi, general fauna 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on plants and animals 

  • Date: Saturday 30 April, 2022 
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm 
  • Location: Bungalook Conservation Reserve, Kilsyth South. 
  • Facilitator: Dr Graeme Lorimer (Professional ecologist – Plants, general fungi and animals). 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on moths 

  • Date: Saturday 30 April, 2022 
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm 
  • Location: Warrien Reserve, Croydon North. 
  • Facilitator: Peter Marriott (Entomological Society of Victoria - Moths and other nocturnal invertebrates) 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on birds 

  • Date: Sunday 1 May, 2022 
  • Time: 9am to 10.30am 
  • Location: Wombolano Reserve, Ringwood East. 
  • Facilitator: Mark and Merrilyn Smith (Friends of Wombolano Reserve - birds) 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on insects 

  • Date: Sunday 1 May, 2022 
  • Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • Location: Eastfield Park/Tarralla Creek, Croydon. 
  • Facilitator: Luis Mata (Entomological Society of Victoria, Professional ecologist - Invertebrates, general plants and fauna). 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on water bugs 

  • Date: Sunday 1 May, 2022 
  • Time: 3pm to 5pm 
  • Location: Barngeong Reserve/Brushy Creek, Croydon. 
  • Facilitator: Eddie Tsyrlin (The Waterbug Company - Aquatic invertebrates and aquatic plants) 

Nature Discovery activity - focusing on fungi 

  • Date: Monday 2 May, 2022 
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon 
  • Location: Peter Vergers Reserve/Mullum Mullum Creek, Ringwood. 
  • Facilitator: Sapphire McMullan-Fisher (FunFungi Ecology - Fungi) 

Happy Discovering!

 

Taya Gerstel

Citizen Science Officer (Student Placement - Maroondah City Council)

taya.gerstel@maroondah.vic.gov.au

 



If you're keen to get involved in local conservation efforts, visit CRISP nursery, contact the incredible Bushland Team for a site visit and some advice. 



Council Support Available for Native Planting
Did you know, you can book in to have a member of the Maroondah Bushland crew to visit your home to provide information on planting native gardens? Where to plant, which species will grow best, how to support native wildlife, and all you need to know to get started on your habitat oasis, no matter how big or small the space is! 
Email Derek at derek.ashton@maroondah.vic.gov.au to find out more. 

Local Indigenous Nursery
C.R.I.S.P Indigenous Nursery is your local go to place for native plants. They have also created a comprehensive Indigenous Garden GuideYou can also collect Habitat and Indigenous Gardening Booklets for a gold coin donation from CRISP
Contact CRISP

Website: https://www.crispnursery.org.au/index.html
Tel: (03) 9879 3911
email:crisp@melbpc.org.au

Kids in Nature

Natural environments and outdoor play are beneficial to children in many ways. Playing outdoors is important for developing capacities for creativity, symbolic and imaginative play, problem-solving, responsibility, respect, intellectual development as well as providing the opportunity to develop a connection to the land and environment that they are part of and which sustains them. 
Kids and their families are encouraged to explore and engage with the garden. Harvest, cultivate, and play. 

Playgroup
Consider joining our Playgroup which spends time in both the garden and the adjacent bushland giving kids some quality nature play. 

Nature Play Resources
Here are some great Nature play resources:
Family Nature play ideas during a pandemic
Nature Play in Maroondah


Permaculture Design 

This 80-hour course covers a wide range of topics and includes site visits and some practical exercises. Throughout the course, you will learn the design components to produce a high-quality Permaculture Design for an area of your choosing which will be presented to the class at the end of the course.

Permaculture is so much more than gardening. It is a holistic approach to sustainable living. It’s an intentional design process that works with nature allowing for energy efficiency and abundance of yield. Over the 8 weeks of this course, you will cover an extensive list of topics guided by the recognised Permaculture Elder Pete the Permie and his team of tutors.

*Next Permaculture Class Dates to be announced. Permaculture workshops coming soon

Eastern Region Food CoOp (ERFCO)

Collections are the last Saturday of February, May, July and November from 3pm-4pm. Order your dry goods, organic veggie boxes, option to buy straw and toilet paper.
Sign up 

 

See the Bedford Park Garden Facebook page for more details:  www.facebook.com/BedfordParkCommunityGarden

You can also book the garden for your function. Kids sure love it out there and we have
marquees you can hire as well as having access to bathroom facilities at the Centre.

For all bookings please phone 9870 2602 

"Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share"
Permaculture embraces ecological principles such as choosing plants for wildlife as well as people. Planting Indigenous species supports flora and fauna and as these plants are perennial, also means leaving the soil in place (instead of tilling and fertilizing it every year) which helps soil-borne fungi and invertebrates.

Up Coming Info Session and Plant Giveaway
May 12th
Book NOW

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Hey Community Composters.
We are back open for food waste contributions and have a fancy new system. It's designed to help keep our compost happy, and the smell levels low..so our patrons happy too. It will also track just how much food waste will be diverted from landfill.

If you would like to become a Community Composter, there's a simple registration form, and there will soon be a QR code at the compost bin where you'll track you contributions.

Happy composting everyone.

Community Composting Registration